Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Fr. Paul Schenck

1/5/2014 (8 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The gift of eternal life is offered to the peoples of the world through the birth a child. The gift of human life, the greatest gift anyone can ever receive, is still being offered to us in each and every child.

Each of us needs to be open to this wonderful gift of human life, of eternal life, by responding to God\'s love calling us to worship Him as single persons, the religious life, Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony and by cherishing the new life that every child embodies.

Let us respond to the deeper meaning of this Feast by participating in the ongoing epiphany, the ongoing revealing, of God's love and light to a world desperately in need of redemption.

Let us respond to the deeper meaning of this Feast by participating in the ongoing epiphany, the ongoing revealing, of God's love and light to a world desperately in need of redemption.

Highlights

By Fr. Paul Schenck

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/5/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Daily Homilies

Keywords: Epiphany, Incarnation, Christmas, Holy Mass, Fr Paul Schenck


HARRISBURG,PA. (Catholic Online) - On Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, what we might call "the other Christmas". Why do I say that? On Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Messiah, Son of David - the renowned Jewish king, foretold by the prophets. We return to the ancient Judean capital, Bethlehem, the City of David, where he is circumcised on the eighth day and given the Hebrew Name Yeshua, Jesus.

In celebrating the Epiphany we celebrate the Good News "breaking out" beyond the boundaries of Israel, and being made known to all the peoples of the world - to every tribe, and tongue and people and nation. So, we celebrate the Savior who comes to the Gentiles. This is symbolized by the three wise men, who came from the East (Iraq and Iran!) to welcome and worship Him.
"Epiphany" - means "revealed". But what is it, exactly, that is revealed to the magi?

- It's revealed that God loves all human beings, not just one kind.

- It's revealed that God has a perfect plan to save us from the dead end of sin and selfishness, and love us back from the brink of hatred, jealousy, greed and violence that threatens to destroy us.

- It's revealed that God chose to do this through a small, humble and unassuming family from a poor neighborhood so that the poor and the rich could recognize the love at the heart of this world-transforming event.

Notice the stark contrast between the Magi kings and Herod the king: Herod sees the promised child as a threat. He's afraid the coming baby will crimp his style, will challenge his power and lower his status.

The Magi see the promised child as wonderful gift. They've humbled themselves to travel a great distance to a strange culture that speaks a different language, in order to embrace this baby who fulfills God's love.

Today, we too often see the commitment to marriage, the prospect of a child and the responsibilities of family life as a threat to our personal freedom, our power to do whatever we want (whatever that is) and a challenge to our independent lifestyle.

Herod's selfishness, fueled by his fears leads to his downfall. The Magi's worship leads to the salvation of all the nations. Today more than 2 billion people call themselves Christians, in large part because of the humility of these three kings.

The gift of eternal life is offered to the peoples of the world through the birth a child. The gift of human life, the greatest gift anyone can ever receive, is still being offered to us in each and every child.

Each of us needs to be open to this wonderful gift of human life, of eternal life, by responding to God's love calling us to worship Him as single persons, the religious life, Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony and by cherishing the new life that every child embodies.

On Sunday we celebrated the "Epiphany", God's great gift revealed to the world in the babe of Bethlehem, and we celebrated the great gift of human life revealed to world in each and every child, born, stillborn and unborn.

Let us respond to the deeper meaning of this Feast by participating in the ongoing epiphany, the ongoing revealing, of God's love and light to a world desperately in need of redemption.
-----
Fr. Paul Schenck, a Priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA., is the founding Director of the National Pro-Life Center (NPLC) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Center gives the Justices of the Supreme Court, their high level staff, members of the federal judiciary, members of the US Senate and other public policy makers the information, education and inspiration they need to better form their consciences so they will make better decisions. He is a Champion of the Pro-Life movement.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More Daily Homilies

Wednesday, October 1 - Homily: St. Therese Watch

Image of Patroness of the Missions & Doctor of the Church. How did she do that?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Patroness of the Missions & Doctor of the Church. How did she do that? continue reading


Tuesday, September 30 - Homily: Loving our Worst Enemy Watch

Image of Fr. Joachim and the need to love our enemies to act as Christians.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fr. Joachim and the need to love our enemies to act as Christians. continue reading


Jesus Christ is the Key to Understanding the Meaning of Human Freedom

Image of

By Deacon F. K. Bartels

The Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, is for us a model of holiness (CCC, 459). In and through and with Christ, we begin to understand the real meaning of authentic human freedom, as well as how it is properly exercised. Through faith in Christ and belief in the teaching ... continue reading


Thursday, September 25 - Homily: St Francis, Charity not Vanity Watch

Image of Fr. Joachim celebrates a votive Mass of St. Francis and contrasts his exemplary life to the vanities of the world as recounted in today's readings. In essence, we should be motivated by charity not by self-promotion.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fr. Joachim celebrates a votive Mass of St. Francis and contrasts his exemplary life to the vanities of the world as recounted in today's readings. In essence, we should be motivated by charity not by self-promotion. continue reading


Tuesday, September 23 - Homily: Extraordinary Phenomena of St. Pio Watch

Image of St. Pio had almost every extraordinary phenomena we're aware of, from reading souls, bilocation, the stigmata, heavenly and demonic visions, miraculous healings, levitations, to the gift of tongues.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

St. Pio had almost every extraordinary phenomena we're aware of, from reading souls, bilocation, the stigmata, heavenly and demonic visions, miraculous healings, levitations, to the gift of tongues (understanding and speaking languages he never studied). Although ... continue reading


Monday, September 22 - Homily: Our Lady of Ransom Watch

Image of Fr. Elias celebrates a votive mass to Our Lady of Ransom. He preaches on the astonishing history of the Order of Mercedarians and exhorts us to be apostles of mercy in our own little way.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fr. Elias celebrates a votive mass to Our Lady of Ransom. He preaches on the astonishing history of the Order of Mercedarians and exhorts us to be apostles of mercy in our own little way. continue reading


Thursday, September 18 - Homily: Simple, Humble, and Absorbed in God Watch

Image of St. Joseph of Cupertino was well known for often being lifted up in the air in ecstasy, but more importantly, his mind was detached from the things of the world and absorbed in God.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

St. Joseph of Cupertino was well known for often being lifted up in the air in ecstasy, but more importantly, his mind was detached from the things of the world and absorbed in God. continue reading


Wednesday, September 17 - Homily: Stigmata of St. Francis, Seal of Devotion Watch

Image of Fr. Joachim gives an account of how St. Francis received the Stigmata, the visible wounds of Christ Crucified imprinted on his flesh.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fr. Joachim gives an account of how St. Francis received the Stigmata, the visible wounds of Christ Crucified imprinted on his flesh. He then explains that this miraculous event is God's way to give public attention to how much our devotion to the Cross and ... continue reading


Monday, September 15 - Homily: Our Lady of Sorrows Watch

Image of The Second Vatican Council contains a wonderful explanation of Our Lady's role in the redemption in #55-59 of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Second Vatican Council contains a wonderful explanation of Our Lady's role in the redemption in #55-59 of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. continue reading


Friday, September 12 - Homily: Name Day Wishes Watch

Image of Father Matthias comments on a short writing of St. Maximilian where the saint muses over what we can wish she who is

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Father Matthias comments on a short writing of St. Maximilian where the saint muses over what we can wish she who is "Full of Grace." continue reading


All Daily Homilies News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 23:20-23
20 'Look, I am sending an angel to precede you, to ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 18:1-5, 10
1 At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 2nd, 2014 Image

St. Leger
October 2: Leger was raised at the court of King Clotaire II and by his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter