His Dominion is Everlasting

Dear Friends,

Prayerful best wishes for a truly blessed New Year! While perhaps some of us wondered at times if 2020 would ever end, of course it has. We still face many of the same challenges but renewed by our celebration of Jesus’ Birth and reaffirming His Lordship in our personal lives, we go forward in Him and by His grace every day.

Today’s feast of the Epiphany of our Lord is the manifestation of Jesus to the whole world by the visit of the Magi and affirms His universal Lordship. While I’ve been told that items for Valentine’s Day were showing up in the stores even before Christmas Day, our Christmas season continues until next Sunday when it ends with the celebration of the Baptism of our Lord. May our prolonged celebration of our Lord’s Birth root us ever more deeply in faith, hope and love.

The powers of darkness, we are told in our Gospel this weekend, were deeply troubled by our Lord’s Birth. God was taking definitive action and revealing His long-hidden plan for redemption. Jesus, Son of God, Son of Mary, turns this upside-down world, right side up. He brings forth not only God’s presence in humanity but by His death and resurrection offers us participation in the Divine Life. By our Baptism we are divinized through the presence of the Holy Spirit within our souls. This is what it means to be a disciple and because of this tremendous grace we are impelled to share Christ with others.

In this new year, may we daily experience Jesus’ Lordship in our own lives and joyfully share Jesus with everyone we meet. His dominion is everlasting. His loving care and compassion never withheld. He came to be with us and to lead us. May we go with Him along all the paths of our life’s journey.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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