“When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” ~Matthew 2
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. "Epiphany" means "revelation."
God gives us the very greatest gift we could ever receive. His only son Jesus.
In the Eastern Catholic Tradition, the Feast of the Epiphany is the traditional time gifts are exchanged with loved ones, not at Christmas time. The entire focus then becomes focused on the birth of Jesus.
There is a bit of mystery about the Magi, three of whom bore the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Traveling from afar, they were knowledgeable about astronomy and knew Jewish tradition and understood the ancient predictions and prophesies that a messiah would be born in Bethlehem, a messiah who would change the world for the better.
God would come to dwell among us, Jesus Incarnate, God in human flesh. We would come to know of the saving action of God through Jesus his Son. Part of the beauty in the story of the Magi is that they, and us, are forever changed because we are in the presence of Jesus.
As we enter into the New Year, let us, for a moment, kneel with the wise Magi and open our hearts to receive God’s most precious gift. May we allow God space and room in our lives so that God’s plan may come to fruition in our own life and that we might offer the gentle love of Jesus through our own actions and words to our family and to each other.
Finally, I wish to thank everyone who sent get-well cards to Fr. Shatzel through these past few weeks before his passing. Although his illness prevented him from sending a reply, just know that your kind thoughts and prayers meant a lot to him and thank you for the Christmas cards and well wishes you sent to me.
May God bless you this week!