06 Epiphany: A Child entrusted to our love by His Mother - Archbishop Francesco Follo

posted Jan 4, 2019, 8:58 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 8:59 AM ]
A family who is a model because of its sainthood.

With Christmas, Advent became an adventure. Through His incarnation, the Word of God has dwelt among us, and we, like Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi, have started the Christian adventure, that is the mission to announce what has happened and what we have encountered: the Word of life, of peace and of joy.

The fact that they went to Bethlehem and entered the temporary dwelling of the sacred family, allowed the shepherds and the Magi not only to meet the Son of God, but also to live a familiarity with Christ. In the beginning, they stayed on the doorstep of that humble abode, then they went closer to Christ. I hope that they had the opportunity to touch Him, to cuddle Him, and I'm sure that Christ has dwelt in them. Then, they took Him into the world: the small world of the shepherds and the big world of the Kings.

The shepherds and the Magi left the cave, not because they had to go back to their daily life, but to continue as missionaries the saintly journey, where another was giving meaning to their doing. Even if they had not fully acknowledged it, they had put themselves in the stretched hands of a child, in the hands of Another, in the hands of God.

To adhere to this event and to this Presence, one must begin a journey. We must depart from ourselves, not just from our home or our loved ones. We must put our roots in Christ, so that we can stretch out in the world in the same way that the branches of a tree grow towards the sky the more the tree puts its roots in the ground.

Why should we begin this journey? Not only to return home, but also to announce that the encounter with Christ is a growth in humanity. The newborn - the God made man - doesn't destroy anything, doesn't leave anything out, but consecrates all and discloses everything. He gives to all feelings and to all vocations a dimension which is infinite, unbelieving, unforeseen and wonderful.