Happy New Year my young friends,
I hope you and your family had a blessed and beautiful Christmas! The holidays sure do go by fast, but thankfully the celebration is not yet complete.
This weekend, we rejoice in the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany means “to shine upon,” “to manifest,” or “to make known.” When we celebrate the Epiphany, we are “making known” once again, how Christ showed himself to the world.
We all know the story from the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12). The three Wise Men from the east saw the star of Bethlehem at its rising. They followed it to Jerusalem asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” They found the infant Jesus with his mother Mary, and when they entered the house, their hearts were filled with joy. They offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, which symbolized he was the messiah, the savior of all humankind.
In some cultural traditions, children receive gifts on the Feast of Epiphany, continuing the celebration of the birth of Christ. Is there something you would like to give to Jesus on this feast day? Is there something you could do to make sure Jesus knows you love and adore him and welcome him into your life? Think about what you might do and then as Aaron Rodgers would say, “Let’s get after it!”
As 2018 begins, I also invite you to join in a diocesan celebration as we mark the 150th Jubilee Year of the founding of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Just as the early missionaries brought the Word of God to the people of this area, we too are called to go out as missionary disciples to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. We will be talking more about our Jubilee Year in the months ahead and about how you young people will be called to discover, follow, worship and share Jesus as part of your discovery of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
This is an exciting time to be a young person in the Diocese of Green Bay. I look so forward to journeying with all of you and your families as we grow in our faith life and share the beautiful gift of Christ in our communities. God is good, always! God is good!
Again, I wish you all a very Happy New Year. I will hold you in my prayers, as I ask you to do for me. May the peace of Christ be with you throughout this Jubilee Year.