Dearest Members of Holy Family Catholic Church:
As we begin the New Year and the festivities of the Christmas Season wind down, we are given an opportunity, to once again, “Start Anew”! This rebirth of life is seen every year in the Celebration of the New Year. We talk of new plans, new resolutions and change. I particularly like the characters we see during the New Year celebration. You know the ones; the ones of the Old man walking off with his cane, while the Newborn, in diapers, becomes the new marketable image of a New Year (or New Life). The image is striking, in that it implies that with a New Year we get a new start, as if the failures and problems of the past can be done away with!
Today in the Gospel we hear the story of the Wise men’s visit to the infant Jesus. We recall the gifts they offer to this infant. We are reminded that this New Beginning seen and hoped for in this child, recreates a new world for not only the people of Israel, but with the presence of the magi, the Scripture stresses that it covers a re-creation that incorporates the whole world.
As we plan for the year ahead we are reminded that we are indeed new people because of Jesus’ presence in our world. We are reminded that we can face our past failures and problems from a different light now. The holiday that we just celebrates helps us keep in mind that God’s choice for us is not to remake us, but allow ourselves become what He always wanted us to be. He does this through His Mercy and Love. May this goal be yours through the year that is ahead of us!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Rev. John C. Giel, V.G.