The twelve days of Christmas, ending on Epiphany ("Three Kings Day" as it is popularly celebrated here), is a time of bold giving. This isn't only because the year ends and tax-deductions are nice. No, at the heart of our giving is the reminder it provides of God's gift to us of salvation through Jesus Christ (Christmas), and also Christ's words, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."(Mt 25:40). Like the three magi arrived to worship the baby Christ, delivering gifts to Him, it is a joyful thing that at Epiphany and throughout the year, we can similarly adore our Savior with gifts. With faith in Him and His words, as we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the stranger, and visit the sick and incarcerated, we do this to Him.
As Christmas arrives and leads into Epiphany, would you join us, with your prayers and with your gifts, in providing help for thousands of "least of these" who are beloved of God?
May the Lord bless you in this season of peace and light through Jesus Christ our Savior.