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Invocation

Manifestation of the compassionate Face of God: Epiphany.

The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee”.They bring gold, frankincense and myrrh to an unlikely king, recently born in a stable. Their strange gifts speak of kingship, divinity and death.
Many good stories have three characters. The three gifts mentioned in the Gospel of the Epiphany translate very easily into three wise men (though the text never mentions three men). Another three is the linking together of Epiphany, the Baptism of Christ and the Wedding Feast of Cana.

The link is ‘revelation’. When the wise men from the east come to worship the child in the crib, the hidden mystery of God is being revealed to the non-jewish nations. At his baptism by John in the Jordan, the deepest mystery of Jesus, the fact that he is truly God’s unique Son, is revealed to Israel. When water is changed into wine at Cana, Jesus Christ reveals the true face of God as generosity beyond compare, as grace beyond expectation.
( Catechetical Reflection for each Day CRED http://www.catholicireland.net/cred/search/fullmain.php?id=298)
 
“In Thy little hands, Infant Jesus, Thou dost hold three presents; mercy, innocence and love. The merciful call of the Epiphany, the purification of Baptism and the Sacrament of Love. What can I offer Thee in return? I have received everything and am bound to give back everything. The purity which will preserve the innocence that I owe to Thee; the abandonment and obedience, which will make my will, Thy will. It will no longer I who live, but Thou who livest in me.”
                                                                                                - Blessed Mary of the Passions.
                                                                                                                (Meditations).
 
Christ has no body now but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ's compassion must look out on the world.
Yours are the feet with which
He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which
He is to bless us now. *
-St. Teresa of Avila
 
Are you ready - to allow God to use you, to be a star that manifests The Light?
Remember - God is depending on us.
 
Father, we thank you for adopting us as your children through
this manifestation of your Son Jesus.
May we through your guidance and with your grace,
find new avenues of holding the light of your compassionate love to all,
that all peoples and nations will experience your presence in Jesus.
 
 
    

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