God is not aloof, distant, and beyond us, God is with us. He became one of us. He is “Emmanuel.”
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This Feast of the Epiphany reminds us that as we give gifts, we share in the first and best of all Christmas gifts God gave us on that first Christmas. The gift of faith to recognise Jesus, as our Savior and King.
There was only one perfect, holy family. There will never be another one. Perhaps the best gifts we can give our families throughout the coming New Year, is a little more forgiveness, understanding and love.
One word proclaims why we celebrate Christmas and gives us the reason for our joy. EMMANUEL!
The salvation Jesus was bringing was not limited to the future but involved the present as well. He was bringing healing and wholeness to the suffering in this life. Today, the Church continues Jesus’ work of salvation.
Let us be ready to welcome the one predicted by John, who brings the power of the Holy Spirit and the fire of God’s love into this troubled world.
“Are you ready for Christmas?” For most people, the answer is NO. During the coming days whenever we are asked “Are you ready for Christmas?” we should picture ourselves being asked the more important question, “Are you ready for Christ?”
The sooner we and the rest of humanity stop thinking of ourselves as little kings and queens and accept the leadership of Christ, the sooner God’s kingdom of peace will come into our personal lives and into our troubled world.
What we believe about the future determines how we act. It affects our decisions about investments and careers, and far more importantly, it shapes the moral decisions we make and the beliefs we embrace.To put it simply, what we believe about tomorrow, determines how we act today.
While we could give reasons to explain our presence at Mass this Sunday, the underlying reason is the same as the one that motivated Zacchaeus. We have been touched by the grace of God.
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