Thursday, January 5, 2012

Worship always involves SACRIFICE

As we approach the Solemnity of the Epiphany this Sunday consider preparing for Sunday Mass by taking some time in the week before by reading, studying and praying over the scriptures we'll hear proclaimed.

"When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
'Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage."

The Magi came to do Him homage. They came to worship Him. Now, we kinda know that worship always involves SACRIFICE.

Was there a price to be paid for the wise men’s worship? You bet. They had given themselves to a journey. Travel in those days was not very comfortable, in fact, it could be down right dangerous. The wise men had sacrificed their own personal comfort to find the king and worship Him.

Old Testament King David put it this way:

“ I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing." 2 Samuel 24:24

To truly worship requires sacrifice.

The greatest gift – the greatest sacrifice – you can give to God is yourself.

You say but I have given nothing to Him today. I say yes you have!

Even today you have given Him something of yourself.