Anticipating this weekend’s celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord, Pope Francis has shared that, “Like the Magi, if we have encountered Jesus, we will be impelled to share our joy.” The Holy Father affirmed that the Magi were changed by their encounter with Jesus. That encounter with God did not hold them back, but on the contrary, “impelled them to return to their country, to tell what they saw and the joy they felt.” The experience of “knowing God,” said Pope Francis, “does not block us, but frees us; it does not imprison us, but it puts us back on the road…”
In anticipation of the Feast of the Epiphany, be sure to spend some time reflecting on this: every experience of meeting Jesus leads us to take different paths, because from Him comes a grace that heals the heart and detaches us from evil. God does not hold us back, nor does He let Himself be held back by us: He opens to us ways newness and freedom.
Let us pray. “O God, who revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations, grant in your mercy that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Bonus: Our longstanding parish tradition is to have the Three Wise Men present candies and other goodies to children on the Feast of the Epiphany. All are welcome to join us in the parish parking lot (near the Marian Garden) this Sunday between 1 and 2pm. Be sure to maintain a safe distance and come with your masks on. Thank you.