Saturday, January 1, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is fitting that the beginning of each New Year is dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world and to His Mother, Mary, the Queen of All Saints. January 1 is also the annual World Day of Peace. In his Message for this day, our Holy Father Pope Francis draws attention to the fact that dialogue between generations, education, and labor are three paths for building a lasting peace in our world. On this day let us pray that all will work together to bring about the realization of these paths for the creation of a social covenant respectful of the inherent dignity of the human person and thus the protection and promotion of the com-mon good of all people.
This Sunday, January 2, the Church in the United States celebrates the Solemnity of the Epiphany. On this feast day, we commemorate the manifestation of the Lord Jesus to all people. Here we recall the visit of the Wise Men, Magi, or Kings, to the Christ Child and their offering of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Him. On this day, let us pray “that we may perceive with clear sight and revere with true affection that mystery” (Roman Missal) in which the Lord God has willed us to participate, namely, the mystery of God made man.
Lastly, may I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the preparations for the celebration of the season of Christmas and all those who have taken part in the liturgical celebrations. Let us pray that we will all be drawn more closely to Christ and that we will extend His love and mercy to others.