Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this 12th day of Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the visit of the Magi to Jesus. Epiphany is a Greek word that means manifestation. The Church sees in this event of Jesus’ life the beginning of Christ’s manifestation to the world. We can be amazed that these Magi, probably astrologers or priests of a Persian religion were drawn many hundreds of miles to pay tribute to the Christ child. Their gifts are representative of their understanding of Jesus’ identity. Gold was given to kings. Frankincense was used in worship of deities and myrrh was a burial ointment. In their gifts and their act of prostration, they show that Jesus is their divine king, meant to be worshipped. Their gift of myrrh points to His humanity and sacrificial death. We are reminded to always know Jesus as our divine king who we worship because of His sacrificial death, which forgives our sins. We have been blessed with our gift of faith in Jesus Christ but it is meant for all peoples. If the Magi could be drawn many hundreds of miles to honor Christ as their king, so can many other peoples. Thus, the Church has a mission to show Christ to the nations. We do that by the way of life we live. Our Sunday worship and the acts of our faithful service to God and neighbor honor the Lord. May our life be a reflection of Jesus’ life drawing others to Him.
I want to thank everyone who made our Christmas celebrations so solemn and beautiful, from the decorations of the church to the beautiful music.
God bless you all.
Administrator Pro Tem