Tag Archives: Epiphany

Christ at the Center: Home Edition

January 5, 2014: Epiphany of the Lord Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, …

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Placing Ourselves in the Nativity Scene

One of the cherished Christmas gifts from my childhood is a simple, plastic nativity set. My grandparents gave it to me when I was eight or nine. It has traveled from my room when I was growing up to my college dorm and to now my office at the seminary. Each year I enjoy getting it out in Advent and arranging the figures. And each year I am confronted with two questions: Do I put the baby Jesus out before Christmas? And, do I put the three wise men out before the Epiphany? Recently, I …

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A Living Gospel

 Several years ago, when my eldest daugther was an infant, I purchased the revised edition of Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers for my family (which I now highly recommend for everyone). As I perused through the plethora of ritual blessings, thematic scripture readings, and prayers for every occasion, I noticed a ritual blessing for members of a household, traditionally set on the Epiphany. So, on the feast day, I gathered my wife and 11 week old baby girl around the Christmas tree to pray this blessing and begin a new family tradition. As I began to read …

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Where 2 or 3 are Gathering: Home Edition

January 6: The Epiphany of the Lord Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, …

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The Christmas Season

One of the many beauties of our Catholic liturgy is the “seasons” that we celebrate for the two great events of our saving history: Christmas and Easter.  First we spend a relatively long period of time preparing to celebrate them by getting ourselves and our parish community “in the mood” so these feasts impact our lives as individuals and parishes. Secondly, we celebrate the feasts not for just a single day but for many days. I recall a Christmas season that was full of some difficult experiences. My mother had died recently and if ever …

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