Happy New Year! Wow, another year come and gone! It seems it blew by. My prayer is that each and every one of us has a very blessed new year. A year filled with good health, peace and happiness; a tall order for sure, but not impossible with prayer and faith. I did enjoy seeing all the new faces during the Christmas Masses, I pray that we will continue to see those faces on a regular basis; um…we are one holy family lol! So what makes us a HOLY family? If you answered baptism, can I get a woo woo!! That’s right! Baptism is what unites us as a family in the Church. Mary, our mother, symbolizes the new Eve, and it is fitting starting off the New Year by honoring her. I mean, could you even imagine what would’ve happened if she had not said, “yes”? It also slows things down a bit by praying along with her for the things a mother longs for for her children, health, peace, wisdom, and reunion with God our father.
There’s a whole lot going on with the Epiphany than meets the eye. The Magi represent us as Gentiles. The gifts they bear are not only expensive but represent different aspects of what the Christ child will mean: Gold, royalty, kingship…frankincense, anointed, Godliness…myrrh, burial perfume signifying that he will die. It’s a simple story, but if you blink you’ll miss everything in it. There’s obedience, joy, intrigue, and deception. Satan is already in full swing through Herod and has control, hence the deception of Herod to the Magi. Notice that Mary is in the middle of all this…and she should be. She’s there from the very beginning, and she’s there at the very end. In the beginning as a mom, and in the end as a mom and a disciple. We may not have much to give the king, but we do have our hearts…we could at least give that.
Until next time… have a healthy, and peaceful New Year. Love ya! - Deacon Phil