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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord – Spiritual Reflection

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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord – Spiritual reflection (Taken from News.va English)

From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, pope: “The Lord has made his salvation known to the whole world”

The loving providence of God determined that in the last days he would aid the world, set on its course to destruction. He decreed that all nations should be saved in Christ. A promise had been made to the holy patriarch Abraham in regard to these nations. He was to have a countless progeny, born not from his body but from the seed of faith. […]

In the persons of the Magi let all people adore the Creator of the universe; let God be known, not in Judea only, but in the whole world. […] As Isaiah prophesied: the people of the Gentiles, who sat in darkness, have seen a great light, and for those who dwelt in the region of the shadow of death a light has dawned. He spoke of them to the Lord: The Gentiles, who do not know you, will invoke you, and the peoples, who knew you not, will take refuge in you. […]

This came to be fulfilled, as we know, from the time when the star beckoned the three wise men out of their distant country and led them to recognize and adore the King of heaven and earth. The obedience of the star calls us to imitate its humble service: to be servants, as best we can, of the grace that invites all men to find Christ.

Dear friends, you must have the same zeal to be of help to one another; then, in the kingdom of God, to which faith and good works are the way, you will shine as children of the light: through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with God the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

Domenico Ghirlandaio. 1485–1488. Adoration of the Magi. Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence.

Peace.

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Endangered

After yesterday’s election and the results, for a brief second I was taken by worry which soon dissipated and by the time Holy Mass concluded this morning was quickly turned into joy. Yesterday’s win by secular America was a win for the faithful. We are officially marginalized. It is the finalization on paper that the Practicing Catholic who adheres to God is now officially on the endangered list. It is His words “Behold, I come quickly” changing into action. Those who believe they have won, have lost, what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.

This morning at Holy Mass, during the gospel, I heard the words, “You can have the US, but you can never have my Church”. I then began to focus more on the gospel which was Luke 14: 25 – 33.

25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them,
26 “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
30 saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’
31 Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.
33 So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

I smiled and understood completely that He means what He says and we must drop everything including every ounce of faith in our neighbors, family and country and place it ALL in Christ. Take comfort! It is good to be the endangered souls of faith in the world of sin. If you are in Christ, it makes no difference where you are in exile.

Thank you Lord for this day, and all of them you have given to us, that I may be faithful to you and love you for all eternity. Amen

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