Just think of all the fun, anticipation and excitement that accompanies gatherings of family and friends. Birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmases are those occasions for giving, receiving, and unwrapping beautifully wrapped gifts. Some have colorful bows gracefully attached on top and some not.

Regifting is the term for rewrapping a gift to someone that was gift-wrapped for you. Its consequences can work either way.

Regifting a sweater you don’t care for can make someone happy. You say to yourself, “Good, now that’s gone out of the closet.” Or, (true story) you can prepare and wrap up a regift and give it to the person who gave it to you two Christmases ago. The regifted says, “Did you forget? Have you forgotten? I gave you that sweater! You told me you liked it!”

Our journey of life is the second version. It’s our unwrapping of that sacred gift. Creator, God, gift-wrapped this wonderful life for each of us. And, to the best of our abilities, we wear this gift, this gift of life and faith as best we can, just like a warm sweater during cold winter days. When our unwrapping comes, and indeed it will, we wrap up ourselves and regift it back to the One who gifted us.

That word “one,” by the way, is spelled with a capital “O.” Please place a bow on top of yours.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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2 Responses to Regifted

  1. Jack Carini says:

    Good to hear from you again!  I hope all is well in retirement.


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