Merry Christmas! On behalf of the Paulists here in Austin, and all the St Austin Parish Staff, I wish you and yours a Christmas full of fun, loving family, and good cheer! As people of faith we have ample and firm grounds for celebrating this Feast. We celebrate not because of anything we have done, not because of anything that is going on in our society and government and international situation, but because of what God has done for us. God has sent His Only Son to lead us out of darkness into beautiful, wonderful, warm, fragrant light. So MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
On this weekend of December 26-27 we celebrate the Holy Family. It is a reminder and inspiration for all of us to live as a Holy Family—our own nuclear family, the family of our neighborhood, the family of our parish, city, nation and world. Because Christ is present in every one of these, they are, at least potentially, a holy family. We must live is in such a way as to make that real.
Next weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. Not only do we recall the visit of the Magi to Jesus, but we more profoundly and deeply celebrate the revelation of Christ to the entire world. Each of us is called to be a witness to that, a manifestation of God’s love for the world in Jesus Christ. We are not merely recalling an event from long ago and far away but reminding ourselves of our duty to help make the Christ event known in the lives of all those around us.
We have much to celebrate.