The Season of Christmas includes several liturgical feasts. On New Year’s Day we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God. On Sunday December 27th, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Family and the Sunday following New Year’s Day is the Feast of the Epiphany and finally on the Sunday following the Epiphany we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.
All of the above celebrations call us to think about how God’s love enters our life, and challenges us to open ourselves up to that love. God’s plan for us and for our world can be seen as we reflect on the Mysteries that these Feasts represent.
May this Christmas Season be a time of grace, a time of hope, joy and peace for all of us and for all those we love. May the Child of Bethlehem bless all of us with the love of God, that his coming in flesh makes real for us. And may Mary, the Mother of Jesus, intercede on our behalf, so that the blessings of Christmas may not only come to us, but remain with us forever.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Fr. Peter Pagones