This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. The Gospel passage presents several individuals: the magi, Herod, the chief priests and scribes, the child Jesus, and Mary, his mother. Each respond and react to the birth of Jesus in different ways. The magi come seeking the newborn king whose star they had seen at its rising. Herod is greatly troubled by the news of the newborn king and is not sure of his whereabouts. He consults the chief priests and scribes who simply provide information and quote the prophet Isaiah. Herod sends the magi to Bethlehem, and asks them to return to him after their visit. The magi continue to follow the star, are overjoyed at seeing the child, Jesus, offer their gifts, and pay him homage. They are warned in a dream not to return to Herod. Isn’t it interesting how differently people respond to the same person? The person may be admired by some and feared by others, loved by some and hated by others, praised by some and ostracized by others. Jesus was loved, adored, and praised by some, and feared, disdained, and mocked by others. In our world where freedom of religion exists, some take it for granted. Some strive to deepen their faith and others seem to have no need of practicing their faith and even leave their children in the dark with little formation in the faith. Some run to Jesus and others run from Jesus. When you hear today’s Gospel, with whom do you identify: those who are joyful in their search for Christ or those who are fearful of Christ, - those who are ready to adore and pay homage to him, or those who give information about him yet essentially ignore him – those who adore and pay homage to Christ, or those who find someone or something else to idolize? What gift will you give Christ this day?
Members of K of C, Council 4232, will be present for the 4:00 PM Mass next Saturday. James Callahan, a Knight and parishioner, will be speaking to us. Next Sunday, January 15, the K of C breakfast will benefit Saint John Paul II Parish. Please make it a point to attend the breakfast, and express your appreciation for all the good work the Knights of Columbus do for the Church.
Blessings, this final day of the Christmas Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ