The word “Epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning “manifestation.” This feast was originally celebrated on January 6, twelve days after Christmas (hence the twelve days of Christmas). Now it is placed on the first Sunday of January (but not January 1) so that more people will be able to celebrate this important day. The “epiphany” or “manifestation” of this day is that the baby Jesus is made known to the world (not just the Jewish people), represented by the astrologers (wise men) from the East who came to adore the newborn king. I remember a Christmas card I once received which said, “Wise men still seek Him.” May each of us be wise men and women who continue to seek Jesus. May this New Year be our time to get to know Jesus better and to make Him more alive in our hearts.
Here is an opportunity to get to experience a personal encounter with Jesus and ignite your soul. Make plans to attend the free “Limitless” retreat coming in January – on the Missionary Discipleship Pathway. Sign up now to start mid-January at https://lacatholics.org/limitless/. Make this part of your New Year plan.
Together with the deacon couples of our parish, our Pastoral Intern and the entire parish staff we extend to you our prayers for a wonderful New Year. May God bless us all this year. Peace.