Taking a Trip in 2020
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Â Â In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, â€œWhere is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.â€ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, â€œIn Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
â€˜And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.â€™â€
Â Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, â€œGo and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.â€ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
06 January 2020 @ 2:59 am
This is one of the most creative, profound preachings I’ve ever heard! I am so grateful for being sucked into the meaning of Christmas in this way, through the eyes of Caspar and his wife! So real…Thank you!
Sr. Brigid Cannon,OP
06 January 2020 @ 3:50 am
Thank you, Ann, for sharing this marvelous journey and the transformation
that took place for you and your family. I love how you weaved the gospel story into your own life experience. Yes, I would like to take that journey with you.
God bless you and your continued preaching,
Carla Thomas op
06 January 2020 @ 5:03 am
Amazing! Thank you so very much for this creative and touching homily. It has made my day. God bless you. May Saint Dominic continue to grant you the grace for such preaching.