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Friday, January 6, 2023

First Friday of January

 January 6 used to be the feast of the Epiphany when we celebrated the coming of the Magi. Now the feast is celebrated on Sunday so we can spend more time thinking of how those first days and nights were for Mary and Joseph who were grateful to have found a place to stay for the birth of Jesus and for those first days when the Infant mostly slept. The shepherds came and adored and Mary kept all that they told her in her heart. Perhaps Joseph was able to find better shelter for Mary and Jesus so that they were in a house when the star led the Magi to the new-born King. I am sure that Mary remembered those early days, feeding her Son when He cried, rocking Him in her arms, perhaps singing softly to Him.

Anyone who has a new baby around at Christmas time is able to imagine the care that Mary and Joseph gave to Jesus. A baby is so helpless, but also needing love. Let us ask Mary to let us hold the Infant during these days and keep Him close to our hearts.

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