Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 7, 2018

Wise men and the StarThis is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, our patronal feast day. The Prophet Isaiah calls out to us to stand up and look around us. God’s revelation is shining over us, calling us to open our eyes to this miracle, this “epiphany”, this insight into “God with us.” Animated by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we are the Community of Epiphany on a pilgrimage of faith. In response to our baptismal call we are committed to becoming “Epiphany”, a manifestation of God in our times, in our world, and in our lives. Happy feast day, Epiphany!

The presence of God among men did not take place in a perfect, idyllic world but rather in this real world, which is marked by so many things both good and bad, by division, wickedness, poverty, arrogance and war. He chose to live in our history as it is, with all the weight of its limitations and of its tragedies. In doing so, he has demonstrated in an unequalled manner his merciful and truly loving disposition toward the human creature. He is God-with-us. Jesus is God-with-us. Do you believe this? Together let us profess: Jesus is God with us! Jesus is God with us always and forever with us in history's suffering and sorrow.” (Pope Francis, 12/18/13)

The Sunday readings:

  • Is 60: 1-6. God shines upon us. Reflecting that light, we become beacons for others on the journey. We then become a place of welcome and return for others seekers of God.
  • Eph 3: 2-3.5-6. Paul announces the mystery – God welcomes every human being into one body of Christ. Our welcome of “the other” needs to be just as universal.
  • Mt 2: 1-12. We are followers of God’s light. It leads us to the heart of the mystery – God manifested in our flesh. God is manifested to those who are genuinely searching for the light.

Of Note:

  • Come celebrate our feast day this weekend - and wear red to add to our festivities! Receptions follow all of the Masses.
  • Thanks to all who helped make our Advent and Christmas liturgies so beautiful and meaningful.
  • Next opportunities for individual Reconciliation (second and fourth Saturdays): January 14 and 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Taizé Prayer will be chanted Friday, January 12, 2018 6:50 AM.
  • SoulLife Contemplative Prayer will gather for the winter/spring 2018 session, meeting in the chapel from 7:00-8:30 PM two Wednesdays a month, beginning January 17, 2018. Please contact Linda Thieneman for more information, or to sign up.
  • Large print and Bilingual Spanish/English participation sheet are available each weekend in the Narthex for weekend and holiday liturgies. See one of the Worship Greeters for assistance.
  • Young children (or older folks) restless? Check out the “Quiet Room”, the door near the main entrance by the baptismal font.