Readings and Homilies for January 5-6, 2019 (English and Español)
On the weekend of January 5-6, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, in which magi from the East bring the newborn Jesus symbolic gifts of gold (kingship), frankincense (priesthood) and myrrh (one who is to die). In his homily, Fr. Newton notes that in the past, the birth of Jesus, the visit of the shepherds and the magi, and the baptism of Jesus were celebrated as a single feast on the date we now celebrate Epiphany. This reminds us that although God chose to become human and live with a single chosen family from among His chosen people, He made Himself known to all peoples immediately.
In Fr. Mark's homily, he tells us that epiphany means "manifestation": a sudden awareness of or awakening to the presence of God as He enters the world and our lives. As we are awakened to His real presence among us, it is right that we, too, should bring Him a gift. The only thing we really have to give to God, who has all He needs, is ourselves. Fortunately, that is the only thing He wants!
Check out the readings and homilies in English and Spanish at the links below: