The wise men offered the holy family gifts of great value. We have the opportunity in Advent to do the same thing.
Advent gives us time to remember that we do not have to try to acquire our value. We already have it. It’s called the imago dei—the image of God.
The great lie which Satan perpetrated on Adam and Eve is the same one he tries to get us to “eat”—namely, trying to convince us that we need some outside “fruit” in order to be like God. But notice that what Satan offered in Genesis 3:5 was what God had already given in 1:26.
That’s the way the devil works—always offering us substitutes for what we already have. So, we believe that money (for example) will bring us happiness, when we have already been made “rich” by the relationships with people, places, and things that are all around us. We could go on and on.
Satan uses the days of our lives to give us a low estimation of who we are on the inside, so that we fall for the lie that real life can only be found on the outside. And we then enter upon a never-ending, never-satisfying quest to have externals become the means of our esteem and joy.
And then…..Advent happens. One of the opportunities it affords is for us to remember that the imago dei is our gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Our call is only to journey to Jesus and offer our “value” to him (see Romans 12:1).
Christmas is the annual opportunity we have of stopping to try to feed ourselves on the world’s “waxed fruit” and find the true nourishment which being a “living soul” provides. And when we do that, we will live each day as a ‘Christmas’—as a day to offer our “value” to God and to others.