Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rare Gift

   The Epiphany of the Lord   

They weren't quite magi, and they came from the South rather than the East, but this weekend brought a visit from three priests from Philadelphia--seminary classmates of Fr. Tom--who graciously agreed to assist with Masses, providing me with the rare treat (maybe even more rare than gold, frankincense, and myrrh) of a weekend off.  I spent some time in my former parish of Old Forge (where many didn't recognize the strange priest with a beard!), enjoying good company and a beautiful snowmobile ride...but, alas, I didn't preach, so I have no homily to pass along today.

A blessed "little Christmas" to you all!

"Today, the Magi find in the manger the one they have followed as he shone in the sky.  Today, the Magi see clearly the one they have long awaited as he lay hidden among the stars.  Today, the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.  As they look, they believe and do not question, as their symbolic gift bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die."  
Saint Peter Chrysologus

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