Epiphany lights up the difference between reality and pantomime, that this story really happened, but also, that life, unlike fairy tale and pantomime, is full of contradiction and paradox. This reality the Christian message preserves and will not deny. “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.”
Like your own baby, Jesus grew up. He became that man on the Cross and alongside him again is his mother. But beyond the baby and the man, God manifested in the flesh. Here is God so taking our nature as His, that what is divine and human grows into one Person, never to be severed again. This is the stupendous happening that brings light into darkness, as St. Paul says that “in the fullness of time God sent his Son born of a woman”.
Mary is God’s instrument who carried in her womb the very Bread of Heaven that would be distributed to the faithful as their food and strength. In the Eucharist we are read more
Canon Arthur Middleton
It’s the thought that counts. How often have we said that when we have been given a gift that perhaps wasn’t quite to our taste, but we felt the need to be gracious, or when we have been given something that was perhaps not of great value but was clearly precious to the person giving it, in some way or another. It’s the thought that counts.
One of the chores of Christmas can be choosing presents – what can I possibly give that elderly relative, when she already has everything she needs, and more besides? Or, as happened in our household, when my sons were growing up, amazingly, a teenager who seemingly didn’t care about presents, and who actually tore up the cheque his brother gave him, not out of malice, but because he said that his brother was a poor student.
Truly we live in strange times! Maybe there too, in a strange way, it was the thought that counted. The value of a present does not depend on how much it costs, and … read more.
Fr. Edward Bryant, Nordic Catholic Church in Uk, Hastings.
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