Pastor’s Reflection for January 8, 2017
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi before the infant Jesus. The wise men went in search of Jesus to bring Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. One of the lessons that the Magi teaches is that in searching for Jesus, we will find Him. The Lord doesn’t play hide and seek with us. In fact, Christmas teaches us that God wanted to be found because He became man and He chose to live among us. If He created us to be friends with Him, to have an intimate relationship with Him, why would He not want to be accessible. We can find the Lord in the Scriptures, in Eucharist and in the people around us. As we are beginning a new year, let us make our relationship with Jesus our priority.
Our Christmas season comes to an end this Monday as we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. All our Christmas decorations will be coming down. The Christmas trees, the manger scene, the outdoor lightning will be put away. However, the essence of Christmas, Jesus being born anew in our hearts, remains. The babe of Bethlehem is our baby. As parents know, when you have a baby, your whole life changes. This is the point of Christmas, to have our life change. We want our lives to reflect the life of Jesus. Just as a baby grows, our life with Jesus should grow. Be faithful to your daily prayer, Scripture reading, attending Sunday Mass and living in love. Day, by day, by day the life of Jesus will grow in your life.
In the bulletin, we publish time slots that are in need of Eucharistic adorers. Eucharistic Adoration is one of the most important ministries that we have as a parish. We have many parishioners who have committed themselves to 30 minutes a week to attend the Eucharistic presence of Jesus. He is present here and it is good to show Him hospitality. It is a goal to have every family represented once a week in Adoration. If you are able to fill one of the available times slots, please call the rectory.
I will be available for confession this week on Wednesday, January 11, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,