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Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

January 6, 2022 | 131 words | Astrology, Philosophy, Religion

They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
(Mt 2: 10-11)

What are you doing, O Magi? Do you adore a little baby in a wretched hovel, wrapped in miserable rags? Can this child be truly God? Are you become foolish, o wise men? Yes, these wise men have become fools so that they may be wise.
(Bernard of Clairvaux)

For by gold the power of a king is signified, by frankincense the honor of God, by myrrh the burial of the body. And accordingly, they offer him gold as King, frankincense as God, myrrh as Man.
(John Chrysostom)

Robert J. Cavanaugh, Jr
January 6, 2022

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