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Today we celebrate Epiphany. Our family attended Mass last night as the boys needed to help hand out flyers for the Kick off the new year bash for the youth group. That meant a lazy Sunday morning with the teenager making an ‘experimental’ sausage and cheese quiche for our brunch while I lingered over the newspaper and caught up on some recent emails.
I’ve shared a lot of ideas in the past of ways to mark Epiphany. Rather than re-list them, I’d point you to last year’s Celebrating Epiphany as a Family post.
If you are planning to mark your entry door jam today, here’s the marking:
20 + C + M + B + 14
The boys are tackling the de-dressing of the Christmas tree so we can get it boxed up and back into the attic. Personally, I love the lights and would leave it up longer. However, I can understand the desire to set the room to rights and free up that space, especially since the tree box never made it back into the attic.
Looking back at this Advent and Christmas season, I can see some of my ‘goals’ met at least partially and some things just failing to happen. My desire for a Jesse Tree did not come to fruition, nor did a weekly hour in adoration. However, I did add in daily Mass on a few occasions and feel like I did extra penance while serving as an overnight chaperone at the youth group’s winter solstice retreat. I had planned to take a short nap there, but ended up awake for the night after one of the teenagers took ill. There’s something about cleaning up vomit at 2 a.m. which keeps you from wanting to sleep in a room where germs might have been concentrated.
Sitting in Mass last night, I was struck by one of Father’s comments:
Epiphany means to manifest Christ.
Rather than dwell on my failings to meet my expectations, I am going to walk into this new year with the goal to manifest Christ to all I encounter. Even if it means cleaning up puke at 2 a.m. in the church….
How is your family celebrating Epiphany and the end of the Christmas season?
Did you manage to do a few of the items you planned for during Advent and Christmas?
My friend Trish over at A House Upon the Rock is joining me in co-hosting this 40 day meme. We will not be doing a daily link-up, but rather a weekly one. If you blog more than once a week, please add each link to the link-up, we’d love to find you and read what you are doing and learning as you seek Him. ~~~~~~~~~ Please consider joining us as we Seek Him for the next 40 days. We will celebrate from the first day of Advent through Epiphany on Jan. 6th. If joining us on the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme, please link directly to your post. Every week we will link up and share what we are doing, learning or how we celebrate the birth of our Lord. You are more than welcome to link up to more than one post each week if you’ve written multiple posts on the topic of Advent and growing closer to Christ. Please feel free to join once a week, every day, or as many times as you are able. If you post more than once, add each link to the link-up. We will not have new link-ups each day, but once a week (every Sunday a new link-up will start). Thank you for joining us. I look forward to reading your posts (as many as I possibly can) as we share what we are doing to prepare our hearts for the most wonderful gift God gave us ~ Jesus Christ.