The first major feast of the
new millennium is also one of the earliest feast days celebrated by Christians.
There was an Epiphany long before a Christmas celebration. At this feast, we are
reminded that God’s glory is made
known to all.
In a Jewish community, and to a
Jewish couple, a Jewish baby had been born. The Baby Jesus came in fulfillment
of the Scriptures of the Jewish people. And strangers, non-Jews, came to give Him homage.
(Mathew 2:1-12) These people were the minority entering Jesus’ community.
Although they were wealthy, they would not have been welcome in the temple. They
were, however, welcomed by Mary and Joseph. Was it that they remembered the
predictions “…the wealth of all nations will come to you …”
(Isaiah 60:1-6) or was it that they were the kind of family that opened their
hearts to strangers?
The first Christians were a
sect of the Jewish religion. Saint Paul tells us that he was inspired by a
revelation “…that gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in
the promise in Christ Jesus …” (Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6) Paul had to
convince the leaders of the church that members need not be Jews to be saved.
We have the story of the Magi
to remind us of God’s love of all people. We, in turn, are to take
the love given to us, and multiply it by using it. Start with those close to us
in the family and community. Accept others as Children of God and expand this
acceptance to everyone we meet.
In the first centuries after
Christ’s life, the Christian community spread due to their love and charity
toward others. Do this and you are a disciple of Jesus.
Church Bulletin Articles
The members of the Liturgy Planning Ministry, meet before the major church seasons to discuss the "focus" of the season and how the liturgies can be used to bring the parishioners to a better understanding of the season. The members of this ministry include the pastor, liturgy staff members, music staff members, the head of the Art and Environment ministry, and several parishioners who have an interest and training of the subject. I am a member. One of the functions of a few of these members is to write articles for the parish weekly bulletin during these seasons. Articles that I have written are on this page.
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