Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of The Lord, and the arrival of the Magi to the place where Jesus Christ was born. The Gospel describes the Magi as being overjoyed at seeing the star that had led them to the new born child. When the Magi saw him with Mary his mother, they fell on their knees and worshipped him. Then, they offered him the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh --symbols of Christ's royalty, divinity and eventual suffering and death.
In giving these gifts, the Magi recognized that Jesus was born to be our Savior. May we too recognize Jesus as our Savior in all that we say and do.
This Sunday, I also wish to echo the U. S. Catholic Bishops' invitation to take up the Holy Father's challenge to "live in solidarity with the poor". Poverty is a serious issue around the world and in our country.
Did you know that more than 46 Million Americans live in poverty in the United States?
The U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) have designated January as Poverty Awareness month. The goal is to educate and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes with a domestic anti-poverty program named Poverty USA.
I pray you will reflect on this issue with compassion. To learn what you can do to help build awareness and generate positive actions visit http://www.povertyusa.org/.