Epiphany 2022, Gospel of Matthew, Day 3 of 58

2022 Sure Footing Reading Plan

in the Gospel of Matthew

Day 3 of 58, January 5

Reading: Matthew 2:1-18



Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11 [NRSV])


Gold is a gift for a king. Frankincense is a gift for a priest because it is used to purify the Temple. Myrrh is a gift for embalming and burial. I think this means that prophets are honored after they are dead. The theologian John Calvin emphasized the threefold office of Christ in fulfillment of leadership for God’s people: prophet, priest, and king.


Through Christ, I receive the riches of spiritual blessings, the gifts of worship, and life after death. Can I prioritize spiritual blessings, worship, and the gift of life itself in prioritizing ultimate meaning in living under the rule and reign of Christ?


O God, I thank you for what you revealed through the three gifts of the wisemen. I am in awe of your total rule and reign in all things, including where I serve, where I worship, and where I speak. Help me to make the treasuring of your gifts, and the sharing of them my priority as I serve in your Kingdom. In your holy name I pray. Amen.

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