Following Stars

Epiphany

Today the three wise men follow a star to the Savior of the world.  Many people saw the star.  The devout religious in Jerusalem knew the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem.  Yet, it is only the three wise men who actually follow God’s sign.  Matthew Kelly says that “Wisdom is truth lived.”  And of all the people in our Gospel story, it is only the three magi that can be called wise.  What are the signs God is placing in your life?  When you see a star, do you follow it?  “Wisdom is truth lived.”

“Me & Jesus” vs. “Us & Jesus”

Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

Most Christian denominations hold onto what I will call a “Me & Jesus” view of heaven – that in heaven we are totally caught up in God and we are no longer involved with others on earth.  As Catholics, however, we believe that we are still united with all those men and women of faith who have gone before us and are in heaven with God – it’s always “Us & Jesus”.  So we can ask them to pray for us to God (just as we ask friends on earth to pray for us).  On this celebration of the motherhood of Mary, let us ask for the prayers of our Mother in a special way!

I Saw the Sign

Solemnity of the Epiphany

In our Gospel today we see the three magi coming from the east.  They saw the signs God placed in their lives, and they followed them – straight to Jesus.  God wants to lead all people to Jesus, and God works signs in the life of every person on this earth – Christians, Muslims, atheists, agnostics, New Agers…it doesn’t matter.  The presence of the magi today shows that God IS working in the lives of all, calling all people to His Son, whether they know it or not.  What are the signs God is placing in your life?  How are you following them?

My Homily from this weekend.

Subordination…and Love?!

Feast of the Holy Family

Jesus not only came as a baby at Christmas, He also entered into a human family – with all the joys and frustrations that go with it.  We are challenged in all relationships, but especially in the family, to put the wants and needs of others before our own, to stretch our hearts, to learn how to love more, to sacrifice for each other.  Our readings today all challenge us to put others first, “Children, obey your parents in everything…Wives, be subordinate to your husbands…Husbands, love your wives.”  Jesus loved us, and so He subordinated Himself to our needs, even to the point of death.  We can practice this kind of love every day, especially in the family!

My Homily from this weekend.