On two different occasions recently, I saw that some people love the world and the things of this world so much that they don’t want to sacrifice some of their earthly treasures (like pleasures). They seem to follow Christ up to a point when it becomes too costly for them.
Increasingly, this world has become far too comfortable to live in. We seem to be addicted to our treasures and pleasures in this world so much so that it’s blinding us to the real treasures of heaven, the voice of God, and the wisdom of the Gospel.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m like any human being in that I desire certain pleasures, treasures and experiences in this world. But if I was given a choice between those and eternity, I would choose eternity to spend with Christ because that is the ultimate treasure. I feel like that’s the wisdom our faith gives us.
How does this relate to Epiphany? The Three Kings had earthly treasures. They probably had castles, land and all the pleasures they could ask for. But they also had wisdom from above. They weren’t foolish. They weren’t blinded by their blessings. They saw the signs, heard and followed God’s voice, and made the long journey to Jesus to give Him homage. Then, they offered up their gifts generously.
They were really among the first disciples of Jesus, showing us the way.
The question is: Are you making the long journey to Christ the King and offering Him yours? Even those gifts that are too costly?