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Fr. Austin Fleming
A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS
What a story! A big old star up in the sky! Some wealthy astrologers look up, see the star and — ROAD TRIP! They’re on their way! Then the back-story: a little palace intrigue with King Herod, some political posturing – and then, the Child is found! Then a nap and a dream sequence and in the dream, a message to the magi: if you want to avoid a nightmare, go home by another way. Quite a story. An ancient story, yes, but perhaps a story more contemporary than we might at first imagine. (2018)
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Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr
In the feast of Epiphany we celebrate God who reveals himself as Light of the world and Saviour of the entire humankind. But are you aware of how God is revealing himself to you? And how are you responding?… We celebrate this feast, not merely to commemorate the past, but in order to awaken our senses of faith to the signs of God who’s present in our life today. So each one can ask oneself: how is God manifesting himself to me? And how am I responding? Thus, the Gospel for this feast inspires us, firstly, by keeping us on guard against certain attitudes that may block our journey of faith; and secondly, it inspires us by personages who are models of faith. Yet, that’s not all. (2018)
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Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino
DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG
Jesus is calling all of us to come before his presence. This presence is not just in Bethlehem, but in the many places of our everyday lives. His is present in the members of our family who are hurting depressed or going through difficult times in their lives. He is present in all who are struggling to get by in difficult times. He is present in each of us as we stop to listen to our consciences rather than just go with our emotions. (2020)
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The magi’s journey and acts of worship are examples of how we should seek and find Christ in our lives. The feast is often interpreted as an invitation and inclusion of Gentiles together with Jews in worshiping Jesus as Messiah, a point that is buttressed in the first and second readings. The narrative also provides examples of how to reckon with corrupt leaders, which are especially relevant during this time of transition of power. (2020)
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Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING ON THE WORD
Three lessons from the three gifts of the three wise men: Each person has a gift to offer. No person has all the gifts. Each gift is necessary. To these three let me add a fourth: Once you know that you are gifted, once you have located your gift and seen its importance, don’t hide it. Do not keep it for yourself. Be like the three kings and offer your gift in God’s service. Be like the three wise men and give the gift that you have received to the One who is both Messiah and Lord. (2003)
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Fr. Vincent Hawkswell
The task of marriage and family is “to be at the service of life,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is how God “increases” and “enriches” his family. We belong to a fallen race. Children are born subject to the effects of the original sin. From the beginning, they must learn that their wants and needs do not come before everything else. Parents have “the first responsibility” for training them “in the right use of their reason and freedom.” (2020)
🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨 FR. JOHN KAVANAUGH 🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨
Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ
SUNDAY WEB SITE
In the light of the Incarnation, with the “showing” of God in Jesus, all is changed, all human ordinariness transformed, all of the commonplace transfigured and blessed. A sense of how God “shows” in each day, how grace is manifest in every numbered year, allows us to take possession of our moments gently as time flashes by. We develop a richer taste for life itself, and our thanksgiving reaches deeper into our being. (1997)
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Fr. Charles Irvin
BIG C CATHOLICS
The Herodian consciousness isn’t something remote and distant, something that came and went 2,000 years ago. Oh, no. The Herodian consciousness is quite alive, and quite active, right here in our time. All forms of innocence are to be slaughtered before they gain much life and strength, before they can establish claims on our hearts. It is good, therefore, to ponder the meaning of the very last words in today’s Gospel narrative: “…and having received a message in a dream, they returned home by another route.” What route are we taking on our trek back home to heaven? A route that takes us back to Herod, or a route that is prompted by the message of angels? Love requires choices. What choices have we made? What choices will we make? (2020)
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A CATHOLIC MOMENT
Is Jesus my steering wheel through life, or my spare tire? In my own life, I’ve experienced that in the times I look to God to help me steer, my life has more balance and I’m able to better navigate the good and the bad. If we look to Him to help us steer, we’ll see He is Present all around us – not only in our faith and the grace of the Sacraments – but everywhere, in other people, and the things He blesses us with. Even amidst the bad things, He is there. And we most often see Him in the little things, those common, everyday occurrences that we so often take for granted and gloss over. (2018)
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Life Issue Posts
Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
Tomorrow is still to come and is beyond our control while yesterday is gone forever. Now is the only time we have and under our control. Thus now is our time to accept Jesus as our Light and radiate Him to others.
If during this year that has just begun, we concentrate on the fact that God thought enough of us to take on a human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mary, that God thought so much of each and every one of us that He wanted to become one of us in order to redeem us, then maybe we will see the enormity of the love He has for us. And that fact should brighten even the darkest moments of our lives.
What are we searching for? Are we in search of God? Do we undertake the hard journey to find what we are searching for? Like a small fish, we look for the big ocean when all the while we are swimming in it.
The work of reconciliation of peoples is shown in the counseling and reconciliation of broken families. It is manifested in organizing communities and facilitating communal actions. It shows itself in advocacies for peace and inter-cultural dialogue. It is promoting ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. It is engaging in a dialogue of life with people who may be different from us.
On this Epiphany Sunday, there are many who struggle with fear and anxiety brought about by the current problems in the financial market and the fall of housing prices, but God is telling us that our faith must not be placed in any earthly possession. The Lord Jesus possessed nothing throughout His life. He even stated that He had nowhere to lay His head; however, possessing nothing He gave us everything that we could ever need.
Eternal truths are the food of the intellect, but the human heart longs for a Person, to join to a Person, and not just any person, but the Person of Christ, who is God in the flesh. He is everything that the human heart longs for, and he has given himself to us as the Bread of Life.
The truth be told, none of us knows the consequences of his beliefs and decisions. Mary and Joseph were not aware of the trials they would face together in the days and years ahead, having and caring for a son who in their case was the Son of God. They did not consider the adverse consequences as God bid them to have and raise a child as God bids all married spouses.
A light that moves over the waters of baptism. The light, although at first a glimmer, must grow in faith, hope and charity to be the Sun of God in our universe. Ours and God’s work, only, can increase that light in each of us and in the world.