Dear Wonderful Church Family,
A joyous and spirit-filled New Year! Today we celebrate the great Feast of the Epiphany which is the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12).
You , too, are wise men and women who humbly proclaim it because we put the Lord first like the wise men in this story, who were searching for the real meaning and I think we have found it in just knowing that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and best friend.
Today is a feast of just pure adoration. We give our praises to the Lord. We march up the aisle today, as we traditionally have done through the years, go over to the crib, and once again just adore as best we can. Adoration of that type of prayer is harder to do, it seems to me, but we do it to praise and adore the Lord Himself. This is a sign of really giving praise to God.
As we enter this new year, let us try to put all negative thoughts, words, and deeds of the past behind us. Let us look to 2022 as our bright and hopeful future for a year filled with nothing but peace, love, and togetherness to all of those who are near and dear to us. However, as Followers of Jesus, we must also take on the mantle of forgiveness—“…as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
So, wonderful people of God, enjoy this great feast of adoration. Enjoy your claiming that you are a wise person because you have Jesus first in your life. Alleluia!
Keep growing spiritually as we begin this year of 2022. Finally, my wish for all of you is “A joyous, spirit-fill the NEW YEAR. May 2022 bring you fullness and riches of every kind.
Love, Fr. Bob