Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
We celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany this weekend. It is a time when we let the readings for this feast echo in our hearts. Isaiah the prophet proclaims: “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” He speaks of how darkness covers the earth but that upon you the Lord shines. Nations will walk by the splendor of your light.
The gospel tells the story of the Magi making their way following the light of the star to visit the newborn Christ Child. Following the light of the star, they come to the Light of the World in this infant. What is “Epiphany?” It is the bursting forth of the glory and light of the Lord upon the earth, for all to see. There is a great focus on how this light is not restricted to just the Old Testament people, but is for all the Gentiles, which is for all people.
We see that this does indeed happen as the Good News of the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, to our earth spreads out to the entire world. Even to this day, the light and glory of God has come to each of us. This week is the last week of celebrating Christmas. Take some time for prayer and reflection this week so that you too may bask in the light of this newborn Messiah and Lord. Take some time to open your heart to welcome the light and life of Christ born among us.
I had great fun finishing my family gift project. We adults in the family draw a name for our Christmas exchange. Once we have a name, we have to “make” the gift. Years ago, I floundered about looking for something I could do. A parishioner in Logan was doing stained glass. I asked him how he started doing this hobby and he said - buy some tools - get an instruction book and start. That is what I did and after enough years, I have learned a few things - enough to finish my project a few hours before it was to be given! We siblings give each other a hard time about getting done at the last minute. I think it is part of the “tradition.”
I want to say thank you to all who have worked to make our celebration of Christmas so wonderful. Thanks in particular to all who helped set up on Christmas Eve morning when it was way below 0 waiting for us to find the key to the door at Ashland Ridge. But the 500 chairs were set up, the poinsettias were delivered, the stable was set up, the choir and music equipment was arranged, the environment was arranged.
The celebrations themselves were wonderful. The children’s choir was great - the gospel players acted out the Christmas story as I read the gospel. The adult choir on Christmas day was beautiful - thanks to all singers and musicians for joining the angels in giving glory to God. Thanks to our servers, lectors, ministers of communion and hospitality people. Getting all the copies of our gifts to each family was well done. May we all take time to enjoy this easy read.
I hope that you can take time to join the “Epiphany Fair” this Sunday afternoon at St. Anne’s from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. It is a great way to let the light of Christ shine on you and your family - no matter what age you are.
Our St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School Board has met and is developing a release for a school principal who would begin work on July 1, 2014. Everything is beginning to unfold for school and church with construction to begin when the spring thaw is at hand. Keep all of these steps for St. Luke’s School and facilities in your prayers each day of this new year.
May the Lord’s blessings come to you and your families as we enter into this new year.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann