1-7-2018- Message From Father Jim

The Feast of Epiphany
1) Today’s feast of Epiphany is also known as the Feast of the Magi or the Feast of the Three Kings (or Three Wise Men). Who were these men? They were foreigners, traveling to a different land in their search for meaning, in their ultimate search for God. Despite their difference, they were welcome. Even Gentiles were welcome to take part in this great moment of time because the Christ Child was sent by God to be the Savior of the whole world. It was because of these three men that many others discovered God. Our bishops have designated this coming week (Jan. 7-13) as National Migration Week. In doing so, our bishops are asking us to reflect on how welcoming we are to the strangers or immigrants in our midst and how open we are to learning from their gifts and talents that they bring to our country. These three wise men were welcomed as brothers and children of God despite the fact that they were strangers to that land.

These three men that we celebrate today are people just like you and I. They are our fellow travelers on the road of life. We continue their legacy of searching and discovering. We have many things that we can learn from each other. We all have something to contribute in our ultimate search for the meaning of life, for the presence of Jesus Christ in our midst. Today’s Feast of Epiphany shows us in the midst of our own searching and questioning that the Three Kings also searched for and discovered Jesus Christ, the meaning and author of life. Today’s feast also shows us that Jesus Christ became human in order to be the Savior of everyone, that one day He would open His arms on the cross to embrace all, that He was the Savior not only of the Jewish people but of all of God’s people. This is certainly a cause for us to rejoice!

2) All three of our churches look beautiful this Christmas! I want to express a word of gratitude to all those who helped decorate St. Joseph, St. Charles and St. Mary churches for the season. I sincerely appreciate the time that was given to help create such beautiful worship spaces. I would also like to recognize all those who worked so hard to make our Christmas liturgies so beautiful. To all of the liturgical ministers, to our choirs and musicians and to all who lent a hand in any way to make our celebrations of Christmas so beautiful, I offer a sincere word of gratitude.

Finally, on behalf of Fr. Carlos and Fr. Gene, I want to offer a sincere word of thanks for the many cards, Christmas treats and gifts that you shared with us this Christmas holiday. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and your kindness!  Wishing you the peace and joy of the New Year,
Fr. Jim Volkert