Officially the Christmas Season ends at Epiphany Sunday.
I thank you for the kind words expressed in cards, the gifts and prayers received
during this holiday season. I feel the joy and the love.
The vocation of baptized Christians
is to be the image of the invisible God,
writes N.T. Wright.
Over my sixteen years here, I have experienced this vocation lived out in the active
members of St. Josephine Bakhita Parish. Especially
during this past Advent and Christmas season you have
shown out in prayer, shown up in works of mercy and shown off
in worship. What you have 'shown' is the light of Christ shining
on and through you. Each of you has played your part and the body
of Christ, would be incomplete without you.
Mystery and the unknown stare at us as a parish as we move
into the Ordinary Time of this New Year. But we are Catholics and mystery is
what we do: The Mystery of God become human, forgiveness of sins,
and the last become first. You are the Hidden Figures in the Catholic Church
uncommonly faithful, and through you God saves the world one person at
a time and that is the great mystery of love divine.