Each Christmas we labor to find that perfect gift for the special someone in our lives. We hope that it will bring a smile to their face and somewhat complete that insatiable longing that is in each one of us. In the giving and receiving we enjoy our gifts during the twelve days of the Christmas season. However, soon after we begin to long for the “next edition,” the newer model, the next upgrade. No material gift can ever satisfy the deepest longing within us but the gift of Jesus Himself. This weekend the Church celebrates Epiphany as we turn to the Gospel of Matthew and join the three magi in their long search. They observed a new star at its rising. Through their separate and different cultures their come to the same conclusion: “Someone special had been born.” Thus begins the search.
Though they thought they were at the end of their quest when they visited the royal palace of King Herod for surely the sign in the sky was proclaiming a royal birth. Realizing they may have revealed too much information they resume their search until at least they find the dwelling where the child is. They present their gifts. The gifts are not what the child always wanted. They do nothing to satisfy the child’s desire. They come to this Jewish newborn and present to him gifts of recognition. The gifts were: Gold because He will reign as King on the throne of David His father forever; Frankincense because He is to be recognized as the Son of God and worshiped; Myrrh because He will have to give His life to enable His people to be saved. As we begin this new year of God’s grace 2017, let us embark with the Magi on a similar search. Let us seek for him who can satisfy the deepest longing within us. Let us allow Him to have His way with us so that we can be truly fulfilled and at the same time be part of the master plan of our God to save our world.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU from both Fr. Daniel and myself for all the special Christmas Cards, gifts, and greetings during this most holy season. Thank you for your loving attention and for giving us the opportunity to be of service to the Kingdom of God through our parish ministries. Thank You.
FR. DANIEL is away for some time of vacation and rest. We wish him some time of peace and refreshment and pray he return safely to ministry with us. During these days we thank some of our senior clergy members and other friends who will assist us in our ministerial needs.
THE ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DIOCESAN CELEBRATION will take place on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at Holy Cross Parish Church located at Maryland and Seventh Streets on Buffalo’s West Side. Bishop Richard J. Malone will preside and the Rev. Chester Smith, SVD will be the guest preacher. All are welcome. In light of this annual event, our sister parish community of St. Martin de Porres will not hold our normal 9:30AM Gospel Mass. Let us join together in Thanksgiving to God at Holy Cross.