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Homily January 3, 2016 Feast of the Epiphany

Posted in Called, christian, Christianity, Faith, homily, religion, scripture, Word by Fr Joe R on December 30, 2015

starofbethlehemThe feast of Epiphany is one that has come to the Western Christian church after originating in the Eastern Christian churches which grew from gentile or non- Jewish origins. The feast was seen as the manifestation of the humanity of the Son of God and was very much tied into the baptism of Jesus. The story of the magi and the word of God from the cloud was seen as the beginning of salvation leading to the crucifixion and resurrection. The Baptism of Jesus will be celebrated next week, the octave of the Epiphany. Christians in the eastern tradition still celebrate the Epiphany as the primary feast of the manifestation of the Christ child even though they also have Christmas in their calendar. The feast does show that non-Jewish Christians were not so much concerned with the Davidic lineage and Jewish scriptures as they were aware that God became man for all humanity so that all were called to a life with God. Over the centuries the Eastern and Western traditions blended together but also had and still have their differences. ckinksThe various councils of the church strove to resolve the many issues over the centuries. However, the key message of Emmanuel, God with us, is still present in both east and west and Jesus’ core message of love and forgiveness remains regardless of how much we try to make what is simple complex.

We are all called to pay homage and follow this child, to find God’s manifestation as the magi did. While we might not have a star to guide us, there are countless numbers of people around us to bring Christ to us. Whether we encounter believers or reach out to help, to aid, to feed the hungry, we do it to him for he is present there. Surely, Christ has died and risen and gone to his Father, yet still he remains among us in his Spirit and manifests himself in all kinds of ways even today.
In the feast today we are reminded that Christ is here and we carry on his work and spread his work. It would seem we are more active at Christmas, but it is as good a time as any to resolve to carry on the good we have done and maybe do more throughout the year. The homeless and hungry are still with us. How selfless are we called to be? Do we miss what is around us in terms of those in need? It is easy to dismiss the mangerneedy person and pass them by because we are in a hurry or distracted. Remember, it is the giving that is important. What more could we ask? We are not judges or keepers of morality. We should give as Christ did remembering people must make their own choices, we can only point the way and watch and wait. In giving of our selves, our goods and our time, we can be thankful that we have brought Christ to another.

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