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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Feast of the Epiphany

 I love this feast, but it was always on January 6 so seems to come too quickly. I like to think of these wise men seeing a star and leaving to follow it. It may just be a story told to make us realize a truth, but it is a call to all of us to leave all that we think important and go to look for Jesus. We do not have to go far as we know He is with us, but we can take Him the gift of ourselves and find Him always waiting for us.

Let us look at the Mass for this Feast. (We have heat again, but I also now have a little heater for my room and just remembered to turn it on- what a blessing hot water is and how grateful I am to have it!). 

The Collect: "O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory.

First Reading is from the Prophet Isaiah: 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..."

Responsorial Psalm: "Lord, every nation on earth will adore you."

Second Reading from Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 3:2-6

The Gospel is from Matthew 2: 1-12 

It is a story that I have always loved and find that I can imagine following a star and finding Jesus.

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