Homily given by Fr. Jim Lowe CC at St. Scholastica 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 7, 2018
Weekly Article – Epiphany Sunday
The Bad News….”Darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples”. The good news…”upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears his glory”. These were the words of Isaiah to the people of Israel hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Although Isaiah was speaking to a particular group of people during a particularly dark period of time, these words continue to resonate in people’s hearts throughout time, including today.
At the time when Jesus was born, there was much darkness in the world. There was much oppression. People were suffering. The Israelites were waiting for and placing their hope in the coming of a Savior…a Messiah. They believed God would come to set them free from bondage to the dark, oppressive forces in the world. God fulfilled His promise. He sent Jesus into the world as a “light to the nations”.
The Magi recognized this coming of this new King through a bright star in the sky. They followed the star until they arrived in Bethlehem. When they saw Jesus, they bowed down and payed him homage. They recognized Jesus as THE LIGHT of the nations that would disperse all darkness.
Today, there is much darkness in the world. However, for those of us who believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, His light shines…we see His glory! We ought to be attracted to the light. We ought to want to do anything to encounter him, even travel far with gifts of gold, frankincense, and Myrrh.
The problem…sometimes we get so consumed by the darkness that we cannot even see the light. Sometimes we allow serious sin to cloud our vision and prevent us from following Jesus. This is why Jesus gives us His Church. As a community of faith, we are constantly reminded that we need Jesus. We are constantly given opportunities to turn away from the darkness of sin and to turn towards the Light of Christ!
Today, try to intentionally choose to turn away from whatever darkness the world, the flesh, or the devil may have brought into your life and intentionally choose to allow Jesus to become the light that disperses these areas of darkness in your life. It is only when we are free from darkness and following the light that we can lead others out of darkness into the light.
Be assured of my daily prayers for every single one of you. Please continue to pray for me!
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Jim Lowe, CC