Thanks to Little Christmas

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Little Christmas. My family and I attended Mass last night at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, which serves the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The parish is under the care of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, which, by the way, has a great website. The priest who celebrated the Mass, Father Joseph Scordo, O.P., delivered a magnificent homily about the meaning of this feast day. I want want to share his thoughts with you.

After discussing the significance of the visit by the Maji to the Christian event, Father Scordo asked us these questions.

*How did Christmas change you? The magi took another way home because God called them to do so. What changes have you made as a result of this Christmas?

*What gifts do you bring to Christ? Christ tells us that whatever we do to the least among us we do for him. The gifts we bring to others could include our love, our hope, our faith and our encouragement.

*What kind of a sign are you to lead others to Christ? The magi followed a star. What kind of star can you be for others? Just as God manifested himself to us through His Son, we must manifest Christ to others.

I pondered the questions in my heart and frankly, came up short. I pray this new year will be a time for me to grow spiritually.

  • Julie Cragon

    I love these questions Allison. Great for me to use for several days of meditations. Thank you and Happy New Year.

  • Allison

    And to you too, Julie. What struck me about the homily is it was simple, yet profound. The Dominicans really ARE the order of preachers!

  • Leslie Cooper

    The questions from the homily are terrific. I'll be taping them to my bathroom mirror! Thanks so much for sharing this. God bless and happy new year!

  • Frank

    Just as God manifested himself to us through His Son, we must manifest Christ to others.This is the heart of the matter, isn't it? And it reminds me of St. Francis de Sales' "wise words" in the sidebar,It is too true that I who write about the devout life am not myself devout, but most certainly I am not without the wish to become so, and it is this wish which encourages me to teach you…giving is a claim to receive, and teaching a way to learn