Leprosy is a disease of the past but the isolation it caused is just as prevalent today. There are many people shunned because they are perceived as being unimportant or somehow don’t measure up as others think they should. There are many people isolated by fear, hurt or disappointment. I pray that we would never be the cause of isolation in another’s life.
St. Raymond of Penyafort –
As followers of Jesus, we have received the power of the Spirit. We have been anointed to carry the message of evangelizing through healing and freeing burdens while bearing a message of hope to the world. Do we have enough faith in ourselves to believe that all this is once again fulfilled in us each day? Do we believe in this fulfillment, which we have all received?
St. Andre Bessette –
Jesus says the same to all of us: do not be afraid. It takes a lifetime to grow in unconditional love. Even the love we experience in this world has hints of fear because we are so used to conditional love which has all kinds of strings attached. We pray that we will grow in that perfect love which casts out all fear, coming to know the unconditional love God has for us.
St. John Neumann –
During this quiet time of the year let us fine-tune our spiritual life so that we will be very aware of what is happening in our midst; fine-tune this sensitivity to a world which might once again be like sheep without a shepherd. We know what the needs are in our own personal life and in our families but what about the poor and those less fortunate.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton –
Christ our light, illuminate our hearts with your compassion; open our eyes to see you in the faces of one another; dispel the darkness of selfishness and fear so that we may realize the possibilities of bringing your healing and hope to our own Galilees and Judeas.
Epiphany of the Lord –
Isn’t it just like God to announce the birth of Jesus in a global way? God did not hide his birth announcement in an obscure place nor restrict its scope to an elite few. So, God posted this birth announcement in the night sky! The star could have been seen by anyone on earth. Makes you wonder why so few sought out its meaning. Are we tuned in to the appearances of Jesus in our lives?
Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen –
John epitomizes the prophet God calls each one of us to be. He mirrors the Christ who invites us all to be his disciples. May we embrace John as our model in 2021 as we struggle to live our own baptisms with a renewed sense of integrity and humility.
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God –
As we begin this New Year and as we ponder all that takes place in our life let us trust that the heartaches as well as the blessings are all part of the divine plan for us. They won’t make sense under the microscope of a scientist, but they will be more readily accepted under the eyes of a person of deep faith. As Mary, we place our trust in God.
We wish you and your loved ones a very Blessed, Happy and Healthy New Year!
St. Sylvester I –
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” Christmas tells us that God has turned a light on and left it on. And nothing can ever put it out. However dark the world becomes because of our sins and our inhumanity to one another; the light will always be there. Christmas is a night-light for the world.
Today’s gospel concludes the story of Jesus’ presentation in the temple. There we meet Anna, a widow who spent her life in the temple, worshiping night and day. We do not have that opportunity but we can center on the presence of God within us at every moment of our day and in this centering it will be Jesus praying through us and helping us see his work being fulfilled in us and through us.