Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Three Kings or Epiphany, which means manifestation. As I reflect on the meaning of this beautiful story on the birth of Jesus, I draw and make up some practical resolution for our day – our day’s life, our work , and especially in the practice of our real estate profession.
The Kings who set out to their journey from the land of Tharsis, the islanders; from Arabia and Saba . They see the Star of the East in which they followed, till at last it stood still over the place where the Child was. The airings were glad beyond measure! ( Matt. 2: 10)
We, too, have a star to follow. This is our star- the purpose and meaning of our life, family, work, relations, and profession. The star for which we came to be, our existence and the reason for our being.
Like the Three Kings, we follow that star which leads us to Jesus who teaches us how to live, how to behave, and how to see the meaning of our day-to-day work. Jesus is known to be the son of the Carpenter and in another verse we read, “He (Jesus) did all things well.”
To do all things well is our first lesson. To seek perfection in what we do. A Real Estate Practitioner’s guide is this: Try to be the best in what you do, and with Professional prestige, we serve others better. This will also bring with it much joy, happiness, and fulfillment!
This special and unique privilege of the Wise Men of the East was won by their going out of their comfort zone to venture into a journey that would bring with it adventure, dangers, and even hostility. For there is, in this story, another king, the one who ruled the region where Jesus was born. This king, known as Herod, will go all the way as to kill innocent children, babies even, just because of fear that of losing his kingship.
The sad reality of innocent lives being killed is up to this present day still being done. Herod could have been the fourth king to adore and see the Child Jesus, but instead he decided to kill innocent children to protect his political career.
Is this not similar to what we see and experience today ? The lack of respect to life, the neglect of society to the poor, marginalized, the homeless, elderly and to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ?
On a better and optimistic note, let us go back to the Wise Men of the East, the Magi who bring gifts of Gold, Frankincence, and Myrrh (Matt 2:11)
We, too, ought to offer gifts to Jesus, but not so much as to material wealth, like gold , but instead, we offer what is of value.
The wealth of the intangible value of “self.” Our professional work, and with it, the practice of human virtues, such as justice, sincerity and generosity.
The Gift of Frankincence is the incense we offer. Like the sweet perfume of our good actions offered to the Child Jesus, and to the Little Children we see. It is the offering to – “the least of our brethren”, as if it were for our Lord Himself.
Frankincence is the gift of our Ssrvice to others, that makes us sow understanding and friendship. This is the pleasant smell of incense that comes from small, hidden acts of helping others. As St . Josemaria Escriva writes , “In the constant red- hot embers of virtues such as loyalty, understanding and cheerfulness.” (Christ is Passing by)
Finally, like the Kings and Wise men of the East we offer Myrrh, which symbolizes sacrifice. There is no success without the spirit of sacrifice. All we need to see is the life of our own parents who sacrificed their lives for our own upbringing, education and formation.
We too need to see and appreciate the value of sacrifice as a means to achieve victory. Our day always, in some way or on other demands, going out of our way so as to serve better. In our professional work, it means to be willing to go “an extra mile” to satisfy our clients. This is found in the virtue of work, our job well done with joy, and in making the life of others more pleasant.
Often, a simple smile can move hearts more that an argument or a debate. The conquest of doing good, of transforming society and our own organizations and associations will be won in self- denial, self- giving, and with a humble attitude of being little” like that of the child Jesus. This is the true means to have integration and harmony in our industry.
In the long, difficult journey of the Three Kings, across the desert lands, opens the dark night with a bright light of the Star. The foot prints on the desert sands remind us of our own pilgrimage in this life.
The foot prints on the land that we work on are in the practice of our profession in Real Estate. No, not just about making money but in leaving imprints of a life that makes a difference- it is in carrying out the work done by our fathers, who entrusted to us the care of our nation.
These are the footsteps of a legacy we ought to walk on. This is the responsibility that we carry on our shoulders.
It is in the realization that we are but stewards. And so, we will have to render an account of our work, talents, gifts and blessing.
May this Feast bring with it fullness of joy, peace and love. That our journey in this life be safe, secure and successful
Happy Feast Day to one and all!