From the Pastor’s Desk – January 7, 2018

When you read this article we will have celebrated Christmas, the Feasts of St. Stephen the First Martyr, Holy Innocents, Feast of the Holy Family of
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Solemnity of Mary, Thomas Becket, the holy Mother of God,
Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, and today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany – whew, all of that since December 25th! In the dead of winter, on cool dry winter
days we look to the holy men and women of our church, who each in their own way brought light into the lives of men, women and children over the ages because they received and reflected
back to others the light of Christ, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Epiphany literally means “manifestation” God revealing self to the nations, and long ago in humble surroundings, in the darkness of a stable cave, wise men followed a star to the Christ child causing no small amount of consternation among King Herod and his courtiers. These magi, astrologers, not really kings followed the light to find Jesus who is “the light of the world and in him there is no darkness.” In presenting their gifts they challenge us to reflect on what gifts we bring to Christ this New Year. I t is still incredible and sometimes too much to wrap our minds around the mystery that the God of all creation became human, became one of us so that we might know God even better. God didn’t have to break into the world for God’s sake, but God broke into the world for our sake. Two thousand years later we are still reflecting on the meaning of this mystery and what it means to us. On Monday, we celebrate the Baptism of
the Lord and bring the Christmas season to a close and return to Ordinary Time. But for a moment on this feast of Epiphany, what are the gifts you bring to Christ? How do you employ your personal talents, capabilities and capacities to serve the Lord? How do you enrich other’s lives by your kindness, generosity, selflessness and thoughtfulness? Where do you reflect the light of Christ to
others? W e do have much to be grateful for, sharing our faith, reaching out to others, and making a difference. May 2018 be the year we make a profound difference for others.
Epiphany Blessings, Father Larry Hendel

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