Often the dignity of the baptized person is veiled, unfortunately, by the ordinary circumstances of his life so, like the saints, we must strive hard to live in accordance with that dignity at all costs.
The Church celebrates Jesus being made known to the whole world. Epiphany means ‘manifestation’, and in the Kings are represented all peoples of every language and nation who set out, called by God, to adore Jesus.
How often have we contemplated Mary with the Child in her arms! And Christian piety has inspired the countless different works of art which represent the feast we celebrate today – the Motherhood of Mary.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, for our Saviour has been born in the world. Today true peace has come down to us from heaven. We have heard, my brethren, the announcement, full of sweetness and ‘worthy of all acceptance’ that ‘Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is born in Bethlehem of Judah’
This is also the joy of Advent, and that of every day: Jesus is very near us. He is nearer every day. And St Paul gives us the key to understanding the origin of any unhappiness we may feel: it comes from our putting a distance between ourselves and God, through our sins, through tepidity.