Fr. Richards' Epiphany Message

Jan 5, 2018

As we celebrate this feast of the Epiphany, consider these beautiful words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, preached on January 6, 2012:

The Epiphany is a feast of light. "Arise, shine; for your light has risen upon you."  With these words of the prophet Isaiah, the Church describes the content of the feast. He who is the true light, and by whom we too are made to be light, has indeed come into the world. He gives us the power to become children of God. The journey of the wise men from the East is, for the liturgy, just the beginning of a great procession that continues throughout history. With the Magi, humanity's pilgrimage to Jesus Christ begins "to the God who was born in a stable, who died on the Cross and who, having risen from the dead, remains with us always, until the consummation of the world." The men from the East are the first, followed by many more throughout the centuries...

They were, as we might say, men of science, but not simply in the sense that they were searching for a wide range of knowledge: they wanted something more. They wanted to understand what being human is all about. "They were men with restless hearts, not satisfied with the superficial and the ordinary. They were men in search of the promise, in search of God."

 As we celebrate this feast of the Epiphany, may we follow their lead in searching for God and never settling for anything less.