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Letters From A Pastor to His People January 5, 2020
Ah, the Epiphany. Christs display of divinity his manifestation to the gentiles. Jesus Christ is God indeed. He is God of all peoples. That is what we celebrate this feast today.
But there is something about us that we recognize and celebrate too. Saint Paul says that we are coheirs with Christ (cf. Ephesians 3:6). Because we are grafted on to Christ, when we celebrate Christ, there is also something we are called to celebrate about us. That is, we celebrate the divinity within us.
In the solemnity of the Epiphany (an appearance or a showing) of Christ to all humanity, the First Reading is from the Prophet Isaiah. God is about to bring a New Dawn to Israel. All the Nations will be drawn to the city bearing all kinds of gifts. This prophecy will be fulfilled when Jesus invites all people to come into his light. The Magi are the first Gentiles to respond to Jesus invitation. The second reading is from Saint Paul Letter to the Ephesians.
Each year around the feast of the Epiphany many parishes throughout the world participate in an annual blessing of chalk. It is an ancient tradition that not only places God at the entrance of your home, it places your entire family under his protection.
The Epiphany blessing of chalk and homes is a centuries old tradition where priests would visit each home in their parish after the Feast of the Epiphany. Over time it became more difficult to accomplish such a feat as parishes became larger and larger and priests were stretched thin. For this reason it became an accepted tradition that a member of the household is able to lead this blessing in place of the priest.
In a press conference to announce his cancer was terminal and he would die by the end of the year, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the Archbishop of Chicago from 1982 until 1996, said to reporters that he was at peace. Death was his friend and peace was a gift God had given him. In fact, a compilation of his reflections from the last three years of his life, which not only saw his battle with cancer, but also a false accusation of sexual abuse, was put together in a book titled The Gift of Peace.
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