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Homily for Epiphany, 2021

See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples. This is a sentence that could have described 2020 even though it was written by the prophet Isaiah centuries ago. We had economic distress, the global pandemic, physical separation from those we love and care about. In the midst of all this, did we witness as a people of light to a world of darkness? Did we live the example of faith that became attractive to those without hope? Or did we give into the darkness?

It all starts with God

At the beginning of a new civil year, the focus can be on making resolutions. More than that, the focus can be simply on our own effort to accomplish these resolutions. We must work harder. We must put in more effort. We must do it ourselves. In today’s first reading from Saint John, we learn the most important truth. It all starts with God. We can love because God first loved us. So seek his grace.

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