Father’s Column 1/4

Posted on January 4, 2015

Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!

It is my sincere hope that everyone’s Christmas and New Year’s celebration has gone well. This is always a special time to recall all of the gifts and benefits that have been given to us by God and to be thankful for them. Adam and Eve took that apple and ate because they wanted to be like God. With the coming of Christ, God not only offers the opportunity to be like Him, but to be one with Him. He has adopted our human nature so that we could be raised up and have a share of the divinity. May we never forsake this gift that has been offered to us in Christ’s acts of the Incarnation and Redemption.

As we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, I offer this reflection from Pope St. Leo the Great. A Pope and Saint with wise insight into the person of Christ and what He has done for us. Happy New Year and Have a Blessed Week ahead!

“Dearly beloved brethren, we recognize in the wise men who came to worship Christ, the first-fruits of that dispensation to the Gentiles wherein we also are called and enlightened. Let us then keep this Feast with grateful hearts, in thanksgiving for our blessed hope, whereof it doth commemorate the dawn. From that worship paid to the new-born Christ is to be dated the entry of us Gentiles upon our heirship of God and co-heirship with Christ. Since that joyful day the Scriptures which testify of Christ have lain open for us as well as for the Jews. Yea, their blindness rejected that Truth, Which, since that day, hath shed Its bright beams upon all nations. Let all observance, then, be paid to this most sacred day, whereon the Author of our salvation was made manifest, and as the wise men fell down and worshipped Him in the manger, so let us fall down and worship Him enthroned Almighty in heaven. As they also opened their treasures and presented unto Him mystic and symbolic gifts, so let us strive to open our hearts to Him, and offer Him from thence some worthy offering.”

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