What if the gift was too beautiful?

It’s been argued that a simple “thank you” destroys the gift – it is nothing but a good deed that must be repaid. The neighbour next door gives us a can of olives. We eat the olives, wash the can, we fill it with cake and give it back. But what if someone did us a favour too big for us to ever even begin to return or compensate? The evangelist Matthew writes in the very beginning of his gospel that the birth of this baby boy Jesus was actually God coming down and giving himself to be with his beloved creation. And he concludes with the promise of Jesus that until the end of the ages, he will always be with us. Divine presence on earth – how do you return that?

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