Joy and Gratitude: Jesus is with Us!
Jan 9, 2020
1-5-20 - The Epiphany of the Lord
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany – the manifestation of Christ to all the world. We rejoice in the revelation of God in the humanity of Jesus Christ! Through an Ignatian lens let us enter into the Scripture scene and pray with imaginative Gospel contemplation. Are you journeying with the Magi, following the star that leads you to this Holy Child? Is it night? Is it quiet? Are you bringing gifts to this special newborn child, gifts that are symbolic of the importance of Jesus’ birth: gold to represent his royal standing, frankincense to mark his divine birth, or myrrh to symbolize the mortality of Jesus as human? What other gift would you bring? How do you feel when you gaze upon the baby? Is Mary holding him? How does Joseph look? Who else is present? Will you emerge from your imaginative experience with renewed promise to reflect joy and gratitude for the great gift that has been revealed?
12-29-19 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
How astounding to think of Jesus as a member of an earthly family - the human child through whom we will know the divine! Interesting, too, that in today’s Gospel, we are told of two dreams in which an angel appears to Joseph. The angel brings urgent messages to the foster father of Jesus, entrusting him to take action that will ensure the child’s safety. Joseph, just as Mary did, shows us an inspiring measure of faith and trust. As we begin this new year of 2020, consider these resolutions: pray a daily Examen, set aside time for you and God to have conversation, and recognize God’s hand in your everyday living. We’ve just celebrated the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, the light of divine love. May this great gift grace us with awareness of God’s unfailing love and constant presence and strengthen our personal relationship with our Savior and Creator.