You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery.
This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.
Sunday is the feast of the Epiphany. This year, the feast falls on the last but one day of the Christmas Season. (The season itself ends with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, celebrated this year on Monday 9th January).
The second reading at the Mass on Sunday reminds that the Christmas events, as the events of the saving Passion, Death and Resurrection, take place pro nobis, for us.
The saving mystery begins with what happened back then, but comes to a new pitch when its force encounters us, when we are drawn into , caught up in, that continuing work of God that loves us into life.
- Give thanks.
One of the most affecting of Christmas carols, and one that bids us make our response to the child who is Son of God and son of Mary, was written by Christina Rossetti, and most familiar in a setting by Holst. You might like to listen to it here.
Nativity, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. (c) 2004, Allen Morris.