Traditionally, the Twelfth Day of Christmas is dedicated to the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany can also be translated as “Manifestation,” when the Christ Child was made known to the nations with the visit of the Magi, wise men from the east, who came to adore the Lord.

The Magi offered the Lord precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myhrr; gold for a king, frankincense for God and myhrr for one who would die.

While we are on earth, the most precious gifts we can give to the Lord are our very lives, which include our love of God and neighbor, our time and talents, our patience and forgiveness.

More than ever, these gifts beyond cost are needed in our troubled times.

Though seemingly absent, our God is nearer than ever. Do we seek out the Lord as did the Magi?

“Lord, every nation on earth will adore You” (Psalm 72).