January 3, 2009

Light to the Nations

The Son of God, born into darkness, poverty, and obscurity, is revealed today as the Light of the world. My homily for this weekend is posted here.

2 comments:

4narnia said...

happy Epiphany, Fr. C! thank you for such an inspiring homily, as always! i really loved two paragraphs of your homily,one in which you say: "this is the good news of the visit of the Magi, their knowledge and their worship of the Son of God, these wise men from far away reveal how, in Christ, the blessing and promises made to the little nation of Israel become available to the whole world" and the other where you say: "but let us not forget that the gift of this knowledge of God mskes demands of us. that the wise men were able to discern the appearance of the eternal and universal King meant that they had to bring Him gifts. and they lbrought the best things there were: riches, worship, and reeverence for the death He would eventually suffer for our salvation. we too, to whom the knowledge of salvation has been given, are called to OFFER JESUS THE BEST OF OURSELVES." this is exactly what i get from my personal reading and reflection on the readings. i feel that this great feast of the Epiphany gives us hope that it is possible to live in PEACE and to be ONE family around the table of the Lord. - if only we would welcome others not as strangers, but as a "gift." we can learn from others who might not share the same values or customs that we have and they can learn from us. as the Magi offered their gifts, we too, are called to offer our very best in every circumstance of life. i think it's also very fitting thst we celebrated the Most Holy Name of Jesus at today's daily Mass. Fr. Moe mentioned in his homily thst a name can be powerful and intimate, depending on how you use a name. "the Holy Name of Jesus has power, intimacy and salvation," as Fr. Moe put it in his homily, maybe not in those exact words. but a name, i think, stands for a person, and honoring the name, honors the person. in this year of St. Paul that we are still celebrating, let's remember what he tells us about the Holy Name of Jesus: "at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and ev ery tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." ~Philppians 2:10-11~ so, just as the Magi had great reverence for Jesus at his birth, we, too, should always show great reverence and recognize how present He truly is whenever we call His name-JESUS! finally, i found this quote i thoght you might like: "Epiphany, on which Christ, the Savior of the world, for the first time appeared to the gentiles, is to be venerated with a most holy honor by us also. For that day is not past in such a way that the power of the work which was then revealed should be past as well." ~Pope St. Leo, the Great~
PEACE!
~tara t~

4narnia said...

hi again, Fr. C!
sorry about the spelling errors - it's a little more difficult to notice mistakes/mis-spelling from a small cell phone keyboard and screen. PEACE!
~tara t~