The Epiphany of the Lord
January 3, 2016
“And having been warned in a dream . . .,
they departed for their country by another way.”
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we sang: “Lord, make us turn to you; show us your face and we shall be saved.” The great Epiphany feast challenges us to ask if our turning to the Lord has made any difference this year.
The encounter of the Magi with Herod did not deter them from continuing their journey to the place where Jesus dwelt. However, the encounter with the Christ child did lead them home by a different way. On this middle feast of the Christmas festivals, will we too "go home" by a different way? Have all of our songs, all of our good works, all of the gifts exchanged, all of the celebrations of "good will to all" truly led us on a different way? Will we allow our meeting with the light of Christ—in the Word, the Eucharist, our music, the poor, the lonely, the sick, our community of faith—to lead us in new pathways?
Lent begins in a little more than a month. Our temptation is to put away the music of Christmas and begin thinking about and rehearsing for the challenges of the next significant phase of the Church year. Before we move on, let us enjoy one last Christmas gathering, savor one more slice of fruitcake, and explore the new routes we have discovered.
Star of heaven, everlasting God,
we have met you once again in the glory of the Christmas feast.
Light our way to discover new paths on our journey to your eternal light.
Mary Jo Quinn, scl
Blessed Trinity Catholic Community