Sunday, January 2, 2011

Epiphany Celebrates the Light

 It is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. In the dioceses of the United States this feast has been moved to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.
That would be today. Happy feast of the Epiphany. I love this day. Mass is beautiful. The carols are still being sung and even though are not exactly Biblically correct tell the story of  the magi following the light. The light is, the omnipotent God, the king, the ruler of the universe.
This feast began in the third century in the East, later moved to the West. During Advent, we wait in darkness in the spirit of the Jewish nation, who waited for thousands of years for their messiah.  On the beautiful day of Christmas the Light comes to Earth, but only a few are aware. Those aware are Mary, Josheph and the shepherds but Epiphany is the day when the light is burst forth for all the world to see.
Today's reading  from the Old Testament states:
Is 60:1-6
Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines,
and over you appears his glory.
Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.
Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow,
for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you,
the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the LORD.
How awesome. Today we can celebrate a wonderful prophecy being fullfilled. White is the liturgical color for today, again representing light.

Happy feast of the Epiphany.

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Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

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Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

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Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

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