FROM THE ASSOCIATE PASTOR’S DESK
As we enter into the Epiphany of the Lord, we look at the meaning behind this act of the Magi. In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, the Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. It focuses primarily on this revelation to the Three Wise Men; the Magi. It was the Magi who looked for meaning and searched for eternal life. And by following that star, they knew something was not as it had been.
As they journey out to follow the star, they take gifts knowing that something is going to be awesome. The three gifts presented to the Holy Family give all honor that is due a king. Offering gold was to proclaim Christ’s kingship, incense was to adore his Godhead, and myrrh was to acknowledge his mortality. They truly saw Jesus for whom he was.
It is in this same belief, knowing who Jesus is that I count all my blessings that He has given me. Being assigned to the St. John Parish community has been an experience that I have grown from. God’s hand has been active in this, and I thank Him every day for all the love and support each of you have shown me this past year and a half. I have made plenty of mistakes, but you’ve always been able to overlook them, I have doubted myself only to be reaffirmed by you, and during those times of being sick I never felt alone. You are truly a faith community who opens up to your priests with compassion, concern, and ultimately, LOVE!
Thank you for blessing me beyond words and thank you for all the wonderful gifts and cards this Christmas Season. As this is my last Associate Pastor’s Desk blurb, know that St. John’s will always hold a special place in my heart and in my prayers. By the grace of God and the kindness of Bishop Callahan, I’m so thankful I will remain in the Marshfield deanery. I look forward to more meals and sharing time with the friends I have gained here. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.