|They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Mt 2:11)|
Considering the poverty of the Holy Family, St. Joseph must have been very grateful to these Wise Men for providing gifts which, besides their symbolic value, sustained the Holy Family during the difficult days to come. These gifts may even have made possible the purchase of the doves required for the sacrifice at the Presentation of Jesus and the Purification of Mary.
This gratitude of St. Joseph is something which resonates in our hearts as we consider the generous gifts which our beloved benefactors have bestowed on us this Christmas Season. We pray that the Infant Jesus will, in turn, grant each of them many graces and blessings.