THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD – January 2, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Frank Tárcsay, by Mr. & Mrs. László Harmat

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

January8Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
January9Sunday9:15 AMJoseph Balazs, John Balazs, Elizabeth Balazs,
by Rita Balazs

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: “We saw his star at its rising.” In our times, it has become popular to try to figure out what astronomical event could the three wise men have seen that made them to follow the phenomenon. I am sure that you too have read about the different possible scenarios (supernova, double star alignment, etc.). However, the description of the behavior of the star in the gospel does not really lend itself to this type of explanation. In fact, tradition has always maintained that it was a very special star more akin to a vision seen only by the magi. Actually, the many Church Fathers (e.g., St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Leo, St. Remegius, St. Gregory), the best theologian of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas, and Fr. Cornelius a’Lapide, all maintained that the star was not in the outer space but very close to the earth (in its atmosphere) and was a specially created event by God.

The unusual characteristics of the star were: (1) It shone night and day and was bright enough even during the day. (2) It went before the magi leading them. The celestial stars do not act that way. (3) It disappeared and reappeared rapidly. (4) It was low enough to point out the place (house) where the Newborn King was. If we would try to go with an astronomical event, it would render the gospel description completely unintelligible. How could a star out in the universe indicate the very house in which the Christ Child lay? How could such a star or other astronomic reality (be it a comet or supernova or otherwise) come to rest over the very place in which Jesus and Mary rested? Finally, if the star was in outer space, why was it noticed only by the wise men and not by others?

For these reasons, it does make sense to consider that the Star of Bethlehem was most likely a special vision granted to the three wise men. Similarly, to shepherds they too may have heard the words announced to them about the newborn King of the Jews. How else would they have known that? The Church is not against science. In some cases it can provide some helpful explanation, but it is clear that in this case it was a miracle. While the modern world with its worship of materialistic (and rationalistic) realities scoffs at the miracles (because it would turn their own little world upside down), we should not be ashamed of them (even at the price of the world labeling as lacking intelligence). Miracles did happen and do happen. I wish everyone a very blessed and miracle-filled New Year!

HEARTFELT THANKS to all the dedicated volunteers who helped in preparing for the Christmas celebration— the liturgical music and singing, assisting in the liturgy, decorating the church, acquiring the flowers, mail and electronic publicity, cleaning, and inside and outside beautification of our church and the surrounding grounds. May God reward you abundantly!

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (12/24-12/25-12/26): Sunday offering: $1,080. Special donation: $2,600. Christmas & Flowers: $1,355. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail. I know the times may be difficult for many people. If you are able at this time to send in your offertory donations, please do so by mail or use the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, Mária Jánossy.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

We are sorry, but there will be NO LIVESTREAMING THIS SUNDAY.

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