The Christmas story continues to unfold this weekend with the beautiful Feast of the Epiphany. The Jesus who was born on Christmas Day is the promised Messiah for whom the Children of Israel had hoped and prayed. Up until this point, all of the characters in the Christmas story have been Jewish. Jesus is the fulfillment of all the promises that God had made to our Jewish brothers and sisters. They are, and always will be, his Chosen People.
They were chosen for a very special purpose and that purpose was to give the world its Savior. As the Wise Men enter the Christmas story on this Feast of the Epiphany, they represent the non-Jewish world. Jesus is revealed as God’s gift to all people - Jew and Gentile alike.
The word ‘catholic’ is from a Greek word that means ‘universal.’ Our Church is made up of people of every race and nation. Jesus sent his Apostles to spread the good news of God’s love to the very ends of the earth. In Jesus’ life, death and resurrection we have come to know the height and depth and breadth of God’s love not only for us, but for all people.
As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany let us rejoice in the love that God has for us and do all that we can to share the good news of God’s love with those we meet. We are called to go to the very ends of Broad Ripple with the Good News that we have celebrated at Christmas.
While the Christmas Season will conclude with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord next Sunday, the love story that we celebrate at Christmas continues. How privileged we are to be a part of it!
See you at Mass!