They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)
When I served as pastor of Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church in Miami, we took gifts to a migrant camp in Homestead each year on January 6. Most of the migrant families were from Mexico. Latin children receive most of their gifts each year on Three Kings Day. Because those many families did not have resources for gifts for the children, our church helped. The beaming kids would come to our tables laden with unwrapped gifts and food. With the permission of their parents, they’d pick out a gift. The families would take home bags of groceries. We enjoyed it as much as the children. January 6 is Epiphany or Three Kings Day, one of the three original festival days of the church. (Can you guess the other two?) Epiphany commemorates the magi bringing gifts to the child Jesus, thus the “manifestation” (the meaning of Epiphany) of God’s salvation to the Gentiles. We are grateful for God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ and the privilege to share what we have with others.