Sunday, January 4, 2015

Epiphany: Testifying to His love...

“The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them 
to leave everything and begin a journey.  
It was as though they had always been waiting for that star.”  - Pope Benedict XVI

Solemnity of the Epiphany 
January 6 - traditional date*
*(In the United States the feast is celebrated
on the first Sunday following January 1st) 

They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering
the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. 
They prostrated themselves and did him homage. - Matt 2:10-11

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“Today we must make our own the happiness which filled the Wise Men on their journey to Christ… Above all, we must imitate them as they place at the Child’s feet not only three gifts, but also their lives… We need to ‘set out anew from Christ,’ with the zeal of Pentecost, with renewed enthusiasm.  

To set out from Him above all in a daily commitment to holiness, with an attitude of prayer and of listening to His word.  To set out from Him in order to testify to His love by living a Christian life marked by communion, charity and witness before the world.” 

Saint John Paul II

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O, come let us adore Him -
Christ the LORD!

“In returning to their own land by another way the Magi suggest something of great significance for us.  Our true country is paradise.  Having now come to the knowledge of Jesus, we are forbidden to return to it on the path by which we left it.  For we left our land by the path of pride, of disobedience, by following after wealth, by eating forbidden food.  So we must now return another way: by way of tears, by way of obedience, by contempt of the world, by restraining the desires of the flesh.”- St Gregory the Great


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