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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Feast of the Epiphany

God is with us! What a wonderful mystery we are celebrating during the Christmas season. Today, in the United States, most Catholic churches are celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany which was always on January 6 but was moved to this Sunday here. It is wonderful to think of the faith of the three wisemen who left all to follow a star. They did not know where they were going but trusted the star to lead them. Then the star disappeared! They did not give up hope and made inquiries and then the star appeared again and went before them to lead them to Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I think their faith led them to kneel and adore the Infant and then to offer precious gifts that must have helped Joseph and Mary if they had to escape to Egypt to keep Jesus safe. Mary kept all this in her heart. We, too, need to ponder on this feast of the Epiphany. They, having found Jesus, had to return by a different way.

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