Sunday, January 8, 2017

Epiphany: setting out anew from Christ...

“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)

“No one, whether shepherd or wise man, can approach God here below 
 except by kneeling before the manger at Bethlehem 
and adoring him hidden in the weakness of a new-born child.”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 563 

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
Painting above: Adoration of the Magi~ Leonardo De Vinci

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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

Photo Image above: Christ Our Life Conference, Des Moines, IA ~ USA (2014)


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