January 8.  Sunday Epiphany A.   The revelation of Christ to the whole world.  Fr Fidelis began his homily with a little story.   He called it ‘Out of the Mouths !’ “Daniel aged 5, returned from children’s liturgy with a new perspective on the Christmas story.  He had learned all about the wise men from the east who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Daniel was so excited he just had to tell his parents, ‘I learned all about the very first Christmas. There wasn’t a Santa Claus way back then, so these three blokes on camels had to deliver all the toys. And Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with his nose so bright wasn’t there yet, so they had to have this big light in the sky to find their way around.  And Jesus’ mom and dad……; Thanks Daniel.” Father laughed and continued. “The story of the three wise men and King Herod is a story about good and evil, about selfishness and openness, about strangers and mercy, acceptance and generosity.  We celebrate how God revealed himself as a God of justice and merciful love to all people and all of creation.  We both rejoice and are challenged to act as the wise men did, to follow a star that leads to God.  Who or what is your star?  Share together.   

Scripture.  When they had heard the king they went and behold the star which they had seen in the East went before them till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly. From Matt 2:1-12. Pope Francis: In the Christian understanding of the world, the destiny of all creation is bound up with the mystery of Christ, present from the beginning.  All things have been created through him and for him. The Lord was able to invite others to be attentive to the beauty that there is in the world, because he himself was in constant touch with nature, lending it an attention full of fondness and wonder.   LS 97-99.