Today’s the Solemnity of the Epiphany
Find the Mass Readings here: Epiphany January 7, 2018
#MyMassTakeaway: First Encounters. . "They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." . These… pagans. They had nothing but their pagan prophesies. They didn't have God's longstanding guidance and favor. They weren't His Chosen People. But when they encountered Jesus for the first time, they GOT IT. . The scribes and the pharisees in today's readings, they were pretty indifferent to the arrival of their King and Savior. They didn't go out of their way to seek Him. And King Herod, he tried to kill the new King. . But the Magi, when they came face-to-face with Jesus for the first time, they prostrated themselves. They laid themselves down, symbolizing the giving of their entire selves in service of the King. They made the greatest gesture of honor and worship. They did Him homage. They gave Him gifts. And not just clearance gifts (those are the kind I usually give). But the most expensive and meaningful gifts. . Just imagine what thoughts and emotions were filling their hearts, as they met the infant Jesus, and greeted Him in this way. They got it. They really understood who He was. Who He is. . Do you remember your first encounter with Jesus? Whether it was your First Holy Communion, your Baptism, the first time you prayed – really prayed, or the first time you experienced His presence and grace in a significant way. Take time today to relive the memory of coming face-to-face with your Savior for the first time. . And re-enter into that joy. That fulfillment. That sense of awe and wonder. Bring it back into your life. Remember that every time we receive Holy Communion, it's a very real encounter with Jesus. Remember to renew your gift of self to Him, to fall down and worship Him with all your heart. . Give Him everything, like the Magi did.
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“The story of the Wise Men is more than just a story; it is a call to action.” So began our chaplain’s homily today – reminding us that not only are the 3 Kings part of Jesus’ story, but they also pave the way as inspiration for our own journey to Jesus. . . . The relics of the Wise Men are located in the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany. Before today, I had never given much thought into remains (or relics) of those who had actually spent time with Jesus – let alone the teeny, tiny Baby Jesus. . . . Expecting this third baby, I am left wondering about the visit of the three Wise Men. They knew the enormity if their visit to the tiny baby boy in the stable. His parents would have understood the enormity of the visit. But, the tiny baby? He wouldn’t have had any clue about what was going on around Him. And, did the Wise Men know just how poignant that trip would be for them – and, how they would always be remembered and celebrated for their offerings. . . . Gold for the King; Frankincense to honor His Divinity; Myrrh to recognize His redemptive suffering which was to come for all of us. Thoughtful, powerful, meaningful gifts. . . . What meaningful, thoughtful gift will you gift our Lord this year? 20+G+M+B+18 . . . #mymasstakeaway w/ @tojesussincerely #mysundaybest w/ @rosiehill425 #catholicblogger #inspiration #catholicinspiration #catholicsofinstagram #proudcatholic #catholicmom #catholicwife #babyitscoldoutside #wantingwarmweather #christianblogger #saints #feastofepiphany #epiphany #epiphany2018
Blessed our house today 🙂 In Mass, we heard about two different kingdoms: Herod's and Christ's. Herod was a tyrant. He would kill to keep his power in his kingdom. Jesus was humble. He died for the sake of his kingdom. Herod's kingdom was temporary. Christ's kingdom is eternal. In our lives, there are also two kingdoms. There is Christ's kingdom and the kingdom in which we make of ourselves queens or kings. We are called to be in Christ's kingdom. #MyMassTakeaway with @tojesussincerely #Ephiphany #catholichousehold #domesticchurch #ChristsKingdom
#mymasstakeaway today – We were all given the beautiful gift of faith through baptism, no matter who we are, or how educated we might be. Our first priority should always be worship and adoration. One small thing we can do is to pray for those who have no one else to pray for them. #day7 #epiphanyofthelord #pomietto365 #bissisterhood @blessedisshe__ @everysacredsunday
#MyMasstakeaway #WhereisGod The Deacon who gave the homily told us a joke our Pastor had in the bulletin the week before. A troublesome little boy was being asked by a Minister over and over again, "Where is God?". The little boy didn't answer, and the third time he was asked he ran home to his brother and said, "We're really in trouble now! They can't find God and they think we have some to do with it! " It got my attention and made total sense for today. The Wise Men went to Herod and asked where Our Lord was …they didn't find him in an earthly King's home. Where is God? He's found when we listen to His Word. He's found in acts of love and works of Mercy. He is found when we serve Him. #truejoy #loveandserve
Teaming up with @tojesussincerely today for a quick #MyMassTakeaway. That's Little Miss using one of her talents: art. On this Epiphany, I'm struck by self-assessment. What are my talents? My God-given abilities that I can use to glorify him and the kingdom? Those are the gifts I can offer to the King this year. Lord Jesus, help me to share my talents with others to evangelize and spread your Gospel message. What are your talents?
#MyMassTakeAway The Scientist decided to head this one. He took away that since the Wise men chose to give gifts, with no sense of obligation, we need to give gifts of our time and love to others. Especially when no one is looking or expecting any reward. We are called to give gifts to God by serving others every day. #givetimegivelove #magirock
Happy Feast of the Epiphany!! My little kings snagged these costumes at our family Christmas party and are making great use of them. 😍I'm joining up with @tojesussincerely to give you #mymasstakeaway Today the priest shared with us how Christ came to unify. He reminded us that so many of us feel alienated and lonely. We seek to belong… we seek to feel a part of something… we journey through this life to seek… the Christ child. ❤️ Often we don't know what we are missing but our soul does. God came for EVERY human heart. He desires us. ❤️As we celebrate this feast, my prayer is that we have our own " Epiphany" of how God chooses to use us in 2018 to bring this little baby to all those who need Him. May we draw others closer to the heart of Christ.
Just after communion at Mass today, the choir sang my favorite Christmas carol, “The First Noel.” Annie was on my lap and John Paul was sitting next to me, his head on my shoulder. I was suddenly completely overwhelmed with love for them and couldn’t keep from crying. • It’s been a hard year with Mike gone a lot. I knew it would be hard when he started his new job last January, but in all honesty it’s been a lot more difficult than I anticipated. (In all fairness it probably didn’t help that I was struggling with chronic sinus infections most of the time.) • It’s been hard, and amidst all the chaos, I haven’t been my best self. I’ve lost my temper way more than I’d like to admit, and I’ve had to humble myself and apologize to the three people I love most again and again (something that in truth, I’m not very good at in normal circumstances.) • The kids have struggled at times, too. They’ve sensed the heightened emotions and felt the stress. And mostly, they’ve just missed having Mike around more. • But through it all, these two have also been my light. I don’t know how I would have gotten through some of the long days without their affectionate love and willingness to forgive me again and again. When I’ve been at my worst they’ve still treated me like I’m the best person in the world. And like the coming of Christ, like the birth of light amidst a dark world, they have shown me a reason to believe and a reason to hope. They have pointed me back to Christ time and again like the star pointed the wise men to the newborn King, and I only humbly pray that I can do the same for them in this life. • “They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.” • #mysundaybest with @rosiehill425 (Joining in for the first time because Annie and I wore matching dresses today and it brought me a ridiculous amount of joy. Her too. ;)) #mymasstakeaway with @tojesussincerely #bissisterhood #rootedinhope #liturgicalliving
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