9 days ago we celebrated Christ’s birth. 2 days ago we celebrated the beginning of a new year.
How did your celebrations go? Did you gather with family? With friends? Did you do longtime Christmas traditions, create new traditions, or both? Did you experience a joyful Christmas Mass in a beautifully decorated church? Did you start the New Year by going to Mass?
I love this part of the Christmas Season, the last days waiting to celebrate the Epiphany followed by Jesus’ Baptism.
The crazy busy part of the Christmas Season has passed. It’s time to slow down.
One of my longtime Christmas traditions is to keep all my Christmas decorations up until Jesus’ Baptism and try to move through these days slowly in the Christmas Spirit.
I listen to Christmas CD’s rather than the radio.
I end the day with a good Christmas movie, a cup of hot tea and a Christmas treat basking in the light of my Christmas Tree and garland.
Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. Isaiah 60:1
Read the Scripture verse above from this coming Sunday’s First Reading again, but this time replace the word Jerusalem with your own name.
As we celebrate the Epiphany, remember that Jesus came for you, for me, and for every person of the world.
The glory and Light of Christmas shines on you.
Let it shine through you and become a gift to those around you.
Continued Christmas blessings to you!