Sunday, January 2, 2011

Thanks to Little Christmas

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Little Christmas. My family and I attended Mass last night at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, which serves the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The parish is under the care of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, which, by the way, has a great website. The priest who celebrated the Mass, Father Joseph Scordo, O.P., delivered a magnificent homily about the meaning of this feast day. I want want to share his thoughts with you.

After discussing the significance of the visit by the Maji to the Christian event, Father Scordo asked us these questions.

*How did Christmas change you? The magi took another way home because God called them to do so. What changes have you made as a result of this Christmas?

*What gifts do you bring to Christ? Christ tells us that whatever we do to the least among us we do for him. The gifts we bring to others could include our love, our hope, our faith and our encouragement.

*What kind of a sign are you to lead others to Christ? The magi followed a star. What kind of star can you be for others? Just as God manifested himself to us through His Son, we must manifest Christ to others.

I pondered the questions in my heart and frankly, came up short. I pray this new year will be a time for me to grow spiritually.