As something of a grand finale of Christmas, in our liturgy this whole week is a celebration of the Epiphany! EPIPHANY: a manifestation, a revelation of God.
Who is this Anna we just heard about? She only appears in the scriptures here, in the narrative of the Presentation, what we know as the 4th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. It’s an amazing event: AN EPIPHANY!
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Glory to God in the Highest! Blessed Christmas to you, from all of us here at Family Rosary. Even though it is such as strange Christmas, praise Him that we are all here together to celebrate Christ among us and to be touched by His peace!
The Angel Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the Temple and announced the birth of John. When Zachariah asks, “How can I know?” he is reprimanded and punished with 9 months of being unable to speak. Yet when Gabriel appears to Mary and she asks, “How can this be?” why is she not punished?
Let us not domesticate Christmas! It is something of a miracle that each year Christmas comes and a peace descends upon the whole earth, as families and friends come together to celebrate. Certainly this year we need consolation of friends and family, and we hope and pray that people can find it, in spite of all the restrictions.
After the events of the life of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, few divine interventions have had a more profound effect on human history as the appearance of Our Lady in Mexico City to Saint Juan Diego. Yet she came so tenderly and personally: such is Mary’s way! Faced with an impossible situation, she was able to open a new path that others could not imagine!