The Feast of the Epiphany
The feast of the Epiphany is a very significant feast for the Eymardian family. In 1857, on January 6, Father Eymard made the first solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the first foundation of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament on rue d’Enfer in Paris. Reflecting on this experience, Father Eymard wrote to Marguerite Guillot: “What a joy for us to see Jesus, our King, mount his throne of love for the first time, to manifest his presence in this way. My heart was too filled for words to express my feelings.” This was the beginning of Father Eymard’s life work, which has been continued by his followers for over 160 years.
In this feast of the Epiphany, the Church commemorates and celebrates the manifestation of Jesus to the world beyond Israel. His kingdom is a kingdom for the whole world, and his message over the past two thousand years has been taken to every corner of the world. Just as the magi were drawn to Bethlehem by some divine sign, the sign which continues to attract others is the cross. While the babe in the manger proves the Father’s great love and mercy in sending the eternal Word to dwell in human flesh, this love and mercy are ultimately manifested in the cross and the empty tomb.
Father Eymard’s prayer before the Eucharist impelled him to go out to minister to the poor street youth in Paris. Our Holy Father urges us to go from our adoration to serve those poor whom he calls mobile monstrances. For the poor are the real presence of Jesus in our midst as Jesus told us that we would find him in the least of our brothers and sisters. He calls us to them.
Let Us Pray:
Eternal Word, Son of the Father, you became incarnate, a human being, to demonstrate your great and undying love and mercy for us. Give us the grace and vision to respond to your great love by loving others, especially those near us who are most in need. Amen.
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