This week, we celebrated The Feast of the Epiphany, the day when we remember the wise men’s visit to the baby Jesus. Having followed a star to find the newborn king in Bethlehem, the three kings presented Jesus with precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They knew that this was no ordinary baby, but the Son of God, the new born king of peace. January 6th also celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan – marking the start of Jesus’ mission to teach others about the Word of God.
Just as the wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus, we too are called to give Jesus gifts. These can be gifts of kindness or service to others, as well as small sacrifices and much more! Remember that Jesus taught us that whatever we do unto others we do unto him. So, what gift will you give to Jesus this week?
In Pope Francis’ homily for the new year, he shared some very inspirational words for us to consider for this year on the idea of ‘A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’.
“This year, while we hope for new beginnings and new cures, let us not neglect care. Together with a vaccine for our bodies, we need a vaccine for our hearts. That vaccine is care. This will be a good year if we take care of others, as Our Lady does with us.”
Pope Francis calls us to find time for God and for others and take care of those around us during these difficult times that we are all facing together.