SMIC E-Bulletin-January 3, 2021
The Epiphany of the Lord; January 3, 2021
FROM FATHER CARLOS...
Dear brothers and sisters from Saint Frances Cabrini and Saint Mary’s parishes.
This Sunday within the Christmas season we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the day that Jesus Christ was revealed as the son of the Father to all peoples: “Light from Light, true God from true God.” As it was foretold in the prophecy of Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone” (9:1.)
Darkness, the opposite of Light, can be a painful existential place to live in or to suffer. I remember the most challenging times in my life have been connected to people who have said things about me or done things against me that are not charitable and all behind my back, from the hidden.
Sin operates in the obscure and it leads man to hide. If we take a look at Adam and Eve’s story, we learn that the first thing they did after having disobeyed God was to hide:
“When they heard the sound of the LORD God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8.)
The light that is Christ, on the other side, invites us to live in the realm of what is known and visible, where beauty can be admired, and truth can be appreciated. At the end of the day, anyway, as the Lord Himself says “there is nothing hidden that is not revealed” (Luke 8:17.)
In the Incarnation, God has made known his glory to all peoples and thus has shown us the necessary level of self-disclosure needed for relationships to be established and to endure. In relationships, it is necessary to have the capacity to bring things to the light in a charitable way. Communication, in all circumstances, is key in being able to establish and maintain healthy relations with others. In Jesus Christ, the Father has communicated and made manifest His Word and His Will to us in the most charitable way (as it is proper to the one who alone is Love [1 John 4:8.]) This revelation of the Father in the Son by the Holy Spirit has brought us healing and salvation. Likewise, in other relationships, there is healing and joy when people choose to operate in the light, to communicate in the open in a respectful and charitable way, as opposed to operating in the obscure, with hidden intentions and mixed motives.
When we see the light that is Jesus Christ and decide to live in His light there is grace and joy, as the prophet Isaiah foretold it:
“Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you” (Isaiah 60:5.)
As we continue to live this joy and grace-filled season of Christmas, the Lord invites us to live in the light as He says to us: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14.) May He give us the grace necessary to fulfill what He commands.
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Readings for the week of January 3, 2021
Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 [cf. 11]/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12
Monday: 1 Jn 3:22—4:6/Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a [8ab]/Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
Tuesday: 1 Jn 4:7-10/Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 [cf. 11]/Mk 6:34-44
Wednesday: 1 Jn 4:11-18/Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13 [cf. 11]/Mk 6:45-52
Thursday: 1 Jn 4:19—5:4/Ps 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17 [cf. 11]/Lk 4:14-22a
Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13/Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 [12a]/Lk 5:12-16
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21/Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5 and 6a and 9b [cf. 4a]/Jn 3:22-30
Next Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7/Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 [11b]/Acts 10:34-38/Mk 1:7-11 or Is 55:1-11/Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 [3)]/1 Jn 5:1-9/Mk 1:7-11
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Sadly, as we are planning for their next school year they are recovering from two powerful hurricanes that hit their country in November. Many communities have been cut off because of roads or bridges being washed away and some have lost their homes or many belongings. Thankfully we have been able to send needed help receiving donations from sponsors who receive news on a more regular basis. We didn’t feel comfortable asking the parish at large because you as a parish support us in many ways. We just want you to be aware of the situation in Honduras. Merry Christmas from the Twinning group!
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