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Get into the ring! How this works...

This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!

Friday, January 3, 2014

January 5 - the Epiphany

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-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 4:00 on Sat an 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM and the 6:00 on Sunday

Little Christmas

Back in Pennsylvania (where my parents grew up) my grandparents used to speak about "Little Christmas" or "Russian Christmas" which was typically January 6 the feast of the three Kings : The Epiphany of today. As I came to find out the ethnic groups from Europe brought to these little coal-mining towns the European custom of celebrating the Three Kings as Christmas or according to the Russian orthodox calendar. My grandmother always said that the Russian lady across the street always got her Christmas tree cheap because they celebrated Christmas two weeks late.

What does the feast of the three Kings, little Christmas, or epiphany hold for us. It is another Christmas "epi - phanie" = revealing to everyone. Do you see the star? Can you find the king? Are you looking still?


Anon 1 said...

What I find intriguing about a bright star is that I am so drawn to it. It pulls me in, as if it is connected to me and my soul recognizes it as something of which I am a part. It is compelling - and I can't take my eyes off of it.

And so it is with our Lord. We recognize His light when we see it; we are drawn to it; it leads us to where we otherwise might not think of or dare to go.

Let's not ever stop looking.

Anonymous said...

sharing the gift of my "Little Christmas"; my Epiphany from Above: Stand by me.