Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord which, of course, recalls the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus as recounted in the Gospel of Saint Matthew. The word epiphany means “manifestation,” so our feast today celebrates the Sacred Mystery of the Christ-child being revealed to the nations, i.e., the Gentiles. It anticipates, in a way, the ministry of Saint Paul who will become the “Apostle to the Gentiles” several decades later in the first century A.D.
Tomorrow, January 8, will be the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and, in the Church’s liturgical calendar, concludes the Christmas season. If you can join us for Mass on Monday at 7:00 a.m., it will be a good opportunity for you to remember your own baptism into the life, death and resurrection of Christ. If you can’t, I encourage you to offer a prayer for God’s grace to help you be renewed in your Baptismal Promises in rejecting Satan and believing in the Holy, Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Finally, I want to express the thanks of all in the Cathedral Parish faith community to the many people who made these days of Christmas celebrations so special. To our Cathedral Music Department and all our liturgical ministers; to those who work to decorate our places of worship and those who serve as sacristans; to all who provided care for our homebound and those in hospitals over the holidays – we THANK YOU for your commitment and ministry in the name of Christ.