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January Reflection

Posted 12/28/2017

"Epiphany is the season of compassionate encounter"
(Eternal Seasons: A Liturgical Journey with Henri J.M. Nouwen, Michael Ford, Editor)

Where and how is God's presence revealed to you?

In this season of Epiphany, of revelation, we are reminded in our scriptures of the power of God's presence revealed to us in so many ways: through the weak, the poor, the elderly, the hungry, the homeless, the refugee, and the widow. God's presence is also with us in joy, success, family, friends, creation, laughter, beautiful white, snow-covered trees and more.

So how do we allow God to appear to us? Do we have a special place for God's appearance? Are there special times, special people, special moments that speak to us of God's unconditional love that is ours just because "we are".

Emmanuel, "God-with-us", came as a little baby, innocent, totally dependent on others for his care. God is with us at all times and the compassion with which God meets us, shows us how to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those we encounter each day.

Each of us reveals God's love and compassion in a way that speaks of our unique personality. God asks that each of us meet each other with the tender love shown to the Light of the World on Christmas Day. How Mary and Joseph held Jesus in their gentle arms is how God shows us how to hold one another in a compassionate embrace.

May the New Year bring you the awareness of how much God loves you and how in turn you manifest God's love to others.