The Church calendar might seem out of order to have this feast day within the Octave of Christmas.
The reason Our Father sent His Son to be born of Mary was because our world needed, and still needs, a Savior. With the birth of Jesus, God’s concern for each one of us couldn’t be more clear. He knows we need a light to not only help us to navigate but also to encourage us.
Each of us has a choice to make. Will we stay close to Jesus and remain in His light and warmth? Or drift away through temptations to sin and discouragement?
I invite you to ask your family: How have they experienced the light and warmth of Jesus today? Was it through others? In what ways have they, or in what ways would they like to, bring that hope to others today? A phone call? A visit? A helping hand done in Jesus’ Name?
I hope the sun is shining where you are today! May God bless you and your family.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!