Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Catholic Reflections 646 : Homily Epiphany of the Lord. Year B - 7th January 2018

Homily Epiphany of the Lord. Year B - 7th January 2018
First reading      Isaiah 60:1-6 
Responsorial Psalm. 71(72):1-2, 7-8, 10-13. “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”
Second reading. Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6
Gospel       Matthew 2:1-12
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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Epiphany of the Lord. Year B - 7th January 2018 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/epiphany-b-faith-hope-and-love  (EPISODE: 68 )
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On this feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate that God’s glory has been revealed to all the nations, and not just the chosen people of Israel. People from every corner of the earth, of every nation and race. Generations of people. God’s revelation, God’s invitation is for all people of all times and places.
 
Saint Paul puts it so nicely: “God had a secret plan, formed before all ages. And that plan is now revealed, and it is this; in Christ Jesus, the Gentiles, (people from other religious and cultural backgrounds and nations), are now CO-HEIRS with the Chosen people of Israel, members of one and the same body and sharers in the promise of God, through the proclamation of the good news…” We are one big family of God!
 
Are we becoming more and more one human family? (A) 
This is a hard question to answer. In some ways, the answer is “yes.” Technology, medicine, communications, transport, aid to needy nations, multinationals, globalization (which means good and bad things). We certainly are more and more aware that we are part of something much bigger than the local. Yet, in other areas we see nations breaking up into smaller factions, and we see social and ethnic groups in tension, we witness news of wars, strife, poverty and starvation in poor developing nations. The jury is still out on how far God’s dream for the world is being fulfilled. But, one thing is for sure, it is not for want of God’s desire, God’s work, and God’s calling. God has made it abundantly clear what kind of a world God is working to create..

Inspired by the wise men’s search –
Let us ask ourselves:  what do we search for?
TO where are we carrying our gifts in order to present them in homage……..

I  came across some astounding poems on the theme of the Wise men and their journey to search and find this new King….   The poem raises sine challenging insights from a modern-day perspective…
The magi
Will you study these signs 
as carefully
as you study the prices
in the Christmas catalogues? 

Will you seek out the manger 

as diligently
as you search for the right scarf
or this year’s toy? 

Will you examine

your heart’s pilgrimage
and be sure towards what stable
it carries its precious gifts? 

Will you be a wise fool 

to find and follow 
the strange star of truth
in a sky full of glittering lies? 


Magi
For those seekers
who put truth before comfort
and hope before security
we give thanks.

Grant us a wise man’s hope—

light in darkness,
use for our gifts,
God at the end.
For those who do not know,
That we will find what we worship 
we pray tonight.

For those we do not know

Who are trying to understand
and needing wisdom
we pray tonight.

Written to follow the reading of Matthew 2, 1-12 in a series of visual  in the carol service at St Johns, West Ealing in 2011, accompanied by visual images.
. © Godfrey Rust, www.wordsout   , godfrey@wordsout.co.uk   Permission given for non-profit use.

The journey to conversion, the complete commitment of heart and head towards Jesus’ good news, is a real odyssey. We, like the Wise Men, return home to where we came, but by a new way. It is fitting that the Wise Men, after having met Jesus, ‘go home by another road’ – They have been converted… They are Changed people !! ….// New men… in fact… they will never again be able to go down the old paths… Everything is different now, having met and discovered Jesus. …. 
In the Bible, a change of path symbolizes conversion. And after encountering Christ, everything looks different, because Jesus invites us to see it all through his eyes. We now see the world around us more and more through the lens of the Good News. We now see life through the eyes of Christ’s compassionate care for those most in need. We deepen our vision for the inclusion of all. 

As the Bible passage mentions: “Bethlehem, by no means the least of all the cities” -  Like Bethlehem, which, at first sight, seems slight and insignificant, and “lesser” – yet, here is where Jesus is born; humble, vulnerable, poor. So too, the poor and the forgotten may appear insignificant to some, but it is through them that the Lord’s presence is revealed.” (C)  God has given us a new perspective with which to see the world and its values very differently.

The Wise Men searched and found, that first Christmas, a new lens, to be able to see and weigh-up the world around them. This changed everything. It changes everything for us too.


Come let us worship! 


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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly

MAGI. Poem. © Godfrey Rust, www.wordsout, godfrey@wordsout.co.uk   Permission given for non-profit use.

One commentary -"365 Days with the Lord" asks rather relevantly.

From Gustavo Gutierezz, Sharing the word through the Liturgical year. 


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Epiphany of the Lord. Year B
(7th January 2018)
(EPISODE: 68 )

Epiphany of the Lord. Year B
(
7th January 2018)

(EPISODE: 68 )

The Lord be with you.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father: Lord, have mercy//You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth: Christ, have mercy//You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life: Lord, have mercy.//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

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Epiphany

Euch Prayer II

Communion side.  pwk: 
RH
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Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.



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