Our church, though, continues the celebration of the Birth of the Lord until the final day of the season with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this time we celebrate the Octave of Christmas, eight days in which we reflect on the Nativity as if time stands still, as if each day is Christmas Day. This highlights the importance of Jesus’ birth as our Savior.
During the Christmas season we celebrate special feasts. This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. The feast calls us to remember that Jesus was born into a family household as well as into the human family. May we reflect today on the gift of our families; the family into which we were born and our church family, which we entered through our rebirth in Jesus, our Savior. Every year I celebrate Christmas Day with my sister Sharon and her family in Holland Patent, NY. It was a quick turn around this year as I had to return for this weekend’s Masses. When I visit my sister’s family I am flooded with memories of past Christmas days. I remember so vividly watching Sharon’s children opening their Christmas presents, and then her grand –children, and now her children’s children’s children are the little ones so full of joy and energy.
This year I was at Sharon’s house for Thanksgiving Day as well and I was so surprised to see how much my great-great-nephew and niece had grown. Last Christmas they were a toddler and a new born. Now he at two years and four months old looks like a middle linebacker and she is walking all over the place exploring the world around her! They grow up so fast! I ask you to continue to pray for my sister, Sharon, that she remain in remission and cancer free, and for my brother, David, that he continue in good health after his liver transplant surgery. As I celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this year I ask the Holy Family to intercede for my siblings that their health continues to improve. On New Year’s Day we celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God. We will have two anticipated Masses on New Year’s Eve, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Michael, Union Springs and at 6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick, Moravia. On New Year’s Day we will have a 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick, Aurora and at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry. As the New Year begins let us pray for Peace in our world.
On the weekend of January 2/3 we begin the celebration of the Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany is the feast that reminds us that Jesus came into the world to be a light to the nations. Jesus was born to be savior of the whole world, that all people might have eternal life in Him. As we begin the New Year may we always remember that in spite of the fact that people come from different races, religions, cultures, and nationalities, in God’s eyes we are all children of God.
Merry Christmas & Happy Year
May God bless you & your family,