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January 2, 2011, Epiphany of the Lord

"Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you... Nations shall walk in your light and kings by your shining radiance." (Isaiah 60)

READINGS:

1. Isaiah 60: 1-6
2. Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
3. Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12        (Readings Here)

REFLECTION: The word “Epiphany” means revelation. God reveals himself through Jesus. The plan of God is tremendous. The heart of God is huge. His light and love embrace all people. When we pledge ourselves to him, we also take on this all embracing vision of his.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, radiant star of God’s glory, our hearts long to be satisfied by the light of your Presence. May all light and stars remind us of your presence.

FAMILY DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY:

Monday: The spirit of Christmas continues. Is there anyone you still need to be in touch with this Christmas season? Plan a call, a card, or a letter.

Tuesday: During this time after Christmas, we think of the Holy Innocent. Call to mind today in your prayers, children the world over who suffer and die through no fault of their own.

Wednesday: Pray the rosary today with the family. Pray for peace in the world and an end to war and violence.

Thursday: When we think of Epiphany, we think of stars, and kings, and gifts. At the family table tonight, place the three kings and some stars on the table and pray for grace that God will enlighten you this year.

Friday: These days of the New Year are days of reflection. Take time to ask, “What do we hope for this New Year?” Write down your hopes.

Saturday: Take time today to read the Christmas gospels and especially the story of the Magi. Spend time in reflection and prayer.

PRAYER: Lord, may we be wise and kingly persons, giving the gold of your light to the world. Amen.



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