January 1-2, 2022
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
The Solemnities of our Faith pass quickly this year because they fall on Saturdays. We barely have time to catch our breath when we move on to the next celebration and contemplate the significance of what just happened. Time and space march on without our permission and we are reminded of that modern axiom, “just go with the flow”. Today we celebrate the Epiphany, the manifestation of the coming of humanity’s Savior for all peoples at all times. There is a word for that phrase “all peoples at all times” it’s called Catholic! The message of the Lord’s coming is for everyone. Sometimes we wrongly think that our Faith is a gift for a select group. Nothing could be further from the truth. The presence of the Magi at the feet of the newborn God-man dispels that false notion. Indeed we take great comfort and consolation in the Faith we hold so dear but the very nature of this Faith is that we communicate it and share it with all we meet.
We learn from Mary that the Good News has to be proclaimed to the whole world. Lowly though she was she was not timid or fearful when it came to making Christ known. When these illustrious men from the East presented themselves they were welcomed to reverence and adore the Presence of God in human flesh and wonder what this glorious mystery might unfold. They have represented us, the Gentile world, who are now most privileged to receive the Good News and embrace it. Surely these wise men had something wonderful to bring back home and no doubt their priming the East for the Savior’s coming to all humankind.
We are no less wise than these mysterious men if we too follow their good example… We come to adore and reverence Jesus Christ primarily at Holy Mass, but also in the Eucharistic Chapel we are so blessed to have. As you begin this new civil year you have hope that things will get better, whether in your own life or in this beloved nation of ours and globally. Come to adore, come to reverence, come to pray and ask God to unleash heavenly grace to cure our ills and bestow peace upon a weary world.
Blessings Upon You and Yours in this New Year,
P.S. Remember that there is a special blessing on homes and families during Epiphany tide. Over the main doorway of your homes your priests or parents invoke God’s grace for the new Year with the inscription in chalk: 20 + C+M +B+22. The numerals consecrate the New Year. The initials remind us of the names of the magi–Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar– and also stand for the Latin motto Christus mansionem benedicat (May Christ bless this Home) Also Jordan water is sprinkled asking God to purify the home and remind us of our Baptism.