Emotional Epiphany


Owing to various circumstances, I found myself at Holy Mass this morning (the Solemnity of the Epiphany) at the Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. I was very glad to be with the saint, to whom I have often prayed for the members of my family.

The homilist made an interesting observation. The three Magi came from different lands. It was not possible for them to call each other on the phone before they departed to find the Christ.

At one point on their journey to Israel, the three Kings met. They discovered that, by the plan of Providence, they each had DIFFERENT gifts for Christ.

What if when they met up, and they saw each others’ gifts, the one had to say to the other, “Oh, gosh. You got Him myrrh, too? Darn it!”

Didn’t happen. God provided. No returns or exchanges on the first Christmas.

…I wept copiously at Mass this morning. I was overcome by the suffering of people I love. Even more so, I was overwhelmed by the love of our mysterious Creator.

God became man to reveal His love. He took to Himself the sufferings of all humanity.

He has done this to redeem it–all the suffering in every painful place in every painful corner of this sin-laden world.

When we suffer, we do not suffer like animals, without meaning. We suffer for Redemption.

God has made Himself known to us, dear brothers and sisters!

He loves us with everything He has. He has made us to be happy with Him in heaven forever–all of us, every man, woman, and child on earth.

…Thank you all very much for praying for me and for my family.

2 thoughts on “Emotional Epiphany

  1. Father, it sounds like God led you, as He did the Magi many, many years ago, to exactly the right place on this Solemnity of the Epiphany. Amidst all the worry and anxiety you and your family have been experiencing, he penetrated your very being, reminding you of His awesome love! A love that is greater than anything we have to suffer here on earth. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Our prayers are still coming your way for all of your family, especially Ben.

  2. Father White,
    I remember how you prayed for me when I was in the hospital. How you really cared and gave me communion when I had to stay home to heal. I will never forget it.

    I pray for strength for, you, such a humble servant whom I have benefited from God’s love through you. I pray that God’s love sees you and your family through this painful point in time.

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