Happy New Year my young friends,
I hope you and your family had a blessed and beautiful Christmas. It really goes by fast, but did you know 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?
We have talked often in this column about saying our meal and bedtime prayers, doing nice things for others and attending Mass each weekend. In doing these things, you are living the Epiphany by “making known” to all you encounter that the love of Christ is alive and growing in you. Throughout this New Year, “shine on” and “make known” the wonders of our Lord. Praise him with your words and your actions.
Please hold me in your prayers this New Year, as I hold each of you and your families in mine. “Joy to the World, the Lord has come!”