Happy New Year! In the Book of Revelation, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ promises us this: “Behold, I make all things new!” While we celebrated our liturgical New Year with the beginning of Advent, the seasonal feasts that are around our secular New Year, show us how God is making all things new and offers us an opportunity to reflect on where his newness is needed in each of our lives and our community. Today, the Feast of the Epiphany, usually involves the transporting of hearts and gifts to Jesus as a child by the Magi from the East. The Church has looked at two other mysteries of Christ’s life as moments of Epiphany – manifestation or revelation of God in the form of human flesh. These include the Baptism of the Lord and the Wedding Feast at Cana. Look this week at John’s account of this First Miracle or Sign of Jesus. Look at the care and concern that he shows for those who are in need. Look at the attentiveness that he gives to his mother and to her request and intercession for him to begin his public ministry. Then, look into your own heart and pray from the desire for Jesus to do something new through his Epiphany. Look to see where you are in need of knowing his transforming love and mercy. Look to see where you can be that presence that you have known through his Church and the Sacraments he gives us. Look to see the new place and service that he may be inviting you to within our parish.
“Behold, I make all thing new,” is a promise that we share in now by the gift of his being among us and by the manifesting of his divine power even in the smallest and most insignificant ways.
Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Pray for us!