Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. January 3rd, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
Today we celebrate the wonderful Feast of the Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi to adore the newborn Jesus. They followed a star, not knowing where it would lead them. As Kings they must have had all they needed and yet, there was just something that compelled them to embark on an unknown journey.
In the long history of the Church’s liturgical and mystical tradition, the Epiphany is the third season completing the Advent and Christmas seasons. It is all about awakening to the Light, dreaming dreams, taking a journey. The Epiphany season ends on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, February 2nd. It is also known as Candlemas, the day in which we bless the candles to be used in our church and in our homes. So we will be keeping the Christmas tree lights on until February 3rd when we bless throats, honoring the memorial of Saint Blaise, and the Christmas season is finally complete. Of course that also gives comfort to those of us who have broken our resolutions around eating too many Christmas cakes and cookies. We have until February 3rd!
The most interesting part of the Epiphany Gospel comes at the end. It says “they went home by another route”. And maybe so do we. Maybe all the chaos and fear of 2020 has also allowed us to find “home” in a deeper way. Maybe that is the grace in all this. We see things differently, maybe in a more compassionate way. However we are led “home”, and in whatever direction, let’s keep Christ at the center. Let’s keep the care of one another at the center. It is a star like no other.
Blessings and peace,
Father Bob