Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Feast of the Epiphany
The Holy Mother Church celebrates today the Feast of the Epiphany. The word ‘epiphany’ comes from Greek, meaning, a ‘showing’ or ‘manifestation’. Originally the word Epiphany referred to the visit of a king to the people of his provinces.
The Epiphany story highlights two important truths. First of all, it reveals the royal messiahship of Jesus and secondly, of God’s revelation to the Gentiles.
The evangelist Matthew talks about these three wise men, who are central to the feast of the Epiphany. They were pagans who did not know anything about the true God of the Jews. Yet that God revealed to them the birth of the king, whom he had promised to the Jews.
These three men came in search of the newly born King. When they found Him, they worshiped him and paid their homage by offering him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Today, when we go on a journey, there are many things we think about. When we go to an unknown place immediately we look at the road maps, or now the easily available thing is the GPS, which gives us the direction to the desired destination.
To these three men the star in the sky was their GPS, which led them to the Child Jesus. For them the Star was their symbol of hope, of joy and of peace. To them, the star was but a small reflection of the fullness of the Light of the world that awaited them at the end of their journey.
Today’s gospel finishes by saying that they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod and returned to their own country by a different way.
Yes, dear friends, when the star appeared in heaven, they were very joyful and after paying their homage to the newborn baby Jesus, they went back to their country by a different way. It only tells us that when we meet God and experience God in our lives, life is not going to be the same; rather our lives will be transformed.
God always guides us daily through various signs. If we could pay attention to them then there will be much newness in one’s life and thus, we will move away from our farmer way of life and start to live in Christ.
As we begin this New Year, let us pay attention to the hope and guidance that God gives to each one of us throughout this New Year.
I wish you and your families a happy New Year 2021.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Feast of Epiphany.
Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick
Since Fr. Angelo and I will take a break during January, there will not be a daily reflection video. Instead, we will post the life and beautiful features of our Basilica for you to see. It will be followed by some inspirational quotes of St. Eugene.
I kindly request you all to engage with these posts and continue to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel with your families and friends. Please click here to promote our Facebook and YouTube pages.
Parish Office Working Hours
The Basilica Parish office is still closed. We will be back to work on Monday 11 January 2021. Thanks for your patience during this time.
Wishing you a happy New Year. I prayed for you all during the midnight Mass I had with the Tamil Catholics in Perth, that we all enjoy peace, joy and happiness in our lives and prayed for a permanent cure for the COVID-19 virus. We all pray sincerely that this New Year 2021 brings us hope and a quick recovery from this crisis situation in the world.
May God bless you all.
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest