Season of Manifestation

Season of Manifestation - Season of Epiphany

Outline
Christmas is finally here!  Don’t let it be over at sundown on Christmas Day.
Why Jesus came as a baby
Fear factor
Relating factor
Growing factor
Explain the 3 kings
Jesus given to the world
Worthy of our cost and effort
Recognizing death as life—the purpose of the gifts included
The anointing oil for the death to come and
The kingdom riches and
The High Priest
How does Jesus come to you?
Gentle, loving, caring, forgiving
Joy, Peace, love—his desire for you
Therese of the Child Jesus=the simple way
Focus attention
Learn to crawl before run
Learn to speak before doing math problems
Reach for those things not yet in your grasp and the Father will help you.
Loving Father is also manifest
Spend these days with a new year’s resolution to spend time getting to know Jesus.
Recall the advice of Therese` of LeSieux [of the child Jesus] of the little way
Be a ‘king’—bring your gifts to Jesus; share your encounter with others
Wrap up: scripture

References for Season of Manifestation 

CCC 1718 God has placed the desire for happiness in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it.
Christmas Gospel. Luke Chapter 2, verses 1-14
“When Jesus was born in Bethlehem … magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem” Matthew 2: 1
“And it is to be known that each did not offer a different gift, hut each one the three things, each one thus proclaiming the King, the God, and the man.” REMIGIUS, Presbyter and Monk of Auxerre.
“In 614 the Persians invaded the Holy Land and destroyed all its churches and convents.  The church of the nativity was the only church which evaded destruction.  A mosaic scene of the Nativity representing the Wise Men in ancient Persian costumes worshipping the Child deterred them from their vandalistic purpose.  During the time of the Crusaders the church was in need of repair and restoration effected most of it.” The Holy Land in Color by Sam Awwad, Golden Printing Press, Jerusalem  Page 86
“Frankincense.  A gum resin used as incense.  In the Bible, it is mentioned especially in connection with Old Testament worship.  It was one of the ingredients of the incense described in Ex. 30:34.  Moreover, it was to be added to various sacrifices (Lev. 2:1, 15; 6:15; 24:7).  A supply of frankincense was, therefore, kept in the Temple (1 Chron. 9:29; Neh. 13:9).  It is brought as a precious gift to the city of the Lord by the travelers from Saba, according to the prophecy of Isaiah (Is. 60:6).  The most famous use of frankincense in Scripture is as one of the three gifts brought to the Infant Jesus by the Magi from the East (Matt. 2:11).  As used as a gift for the Infant Christ, it is usually said to be a symbol of the sacrifice due to Him as God.”  (C) Welcome to the Catholic Church. Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible.
“Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:11
“Gold, as to a King; frankincense, as sacrifice to God; myrrh, as embalming the body of the dead.”   “Something further may yet be meant here. Wisdom is typified by gold; as Solomon said in the Proverbs, A treasure to be desired is in the mouth of the wise (Prov 21:20). By frankincense, which is burnt before God, the power of prayer is intended, as in the Psalms, Let my speech come before you as incense (Ps 141:2). In myrrh is figured mortification of the flesh. To a king at his birth we offer gold; if we shine in his sight with the light of wisdom, we offer frankincense; if we have power before God by the sweet savor of our prayers, we offer myrrh, when we mortify by abstinence the lusts of the flesh.”   GREGORY, St. of Nazianzus.  “Gold, as paid to a mighty King; frankincense, as offered to God; myrrh, as to one who is to die for the sins of all.” AUGUSTINE, St. Bishop of Hippo.  Welcome to the Catholic Church. 
“Myrrh. A fragrant substance, in solid or liquid form, made from resin exuded by a balsam shrub growing in Arabia.  Due to its pleasant odor, myrrh was widely used as a perfume (Est. 2:12; Ps. 45:9; Song. 1:12; 3:6), as an ingredient in the oil of priestly anointing (Ex. 30:23), and as an ingredient in embalming spices (John 19:39).  Mingled with wine it was offered to Christ on Calvary as an anodyne to deaden pain (Mark 15:23).”(C) Welcome to the Catholic Church. Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible.  
 “For to us a child is born” Isaiah 9:6
“A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.” Isaiah 60:6 
The Suffering Servant  Isaiah chapter 53 v. 7-8, 10-12
“Shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities” Isaiah 63:11
Therese of Lisieux. “Her “Little Way” had three great points - so great that, in their effects, the little Carmelite becomes a giant of the spirit.  The first point, though comforting, should not be misconstrued.  That is, that sanctity does not have to be a spectacular surrender - spectacular as used in the way the world understands it.  The second point, and perhaps the core of her plan, is to maintain a relationship with God like that of a small child.  Childish?  Not at all.  A shrewd calculation, really.  Sanctity is not something to gamble on.  Therese had read the words: “Let the little children come to me, . . . for of such is the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:16).  The third point of her program is one that has frequently been overlooked by many students of her life; it is her devotion to the Holy Face, the essence of which was an attempt to draw close to the suffering of her Beloved and to see in all forms of suffering His own.  With serene confidence she offers her spiritual teaching to all who will listen: “Holiness is not found in such and such a practice; it consists in a disposition of heart that makes us humble and little in the arms of God, conscious of our weakness, and confident - even boldly so - of His fatherly goodness.”” Harmony “Welcome to the Catholic Church” LIVES OF THE SAINTS, SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX  Virgin, c.1873-1897
“All these reasons are clear evidence of how timely is the Saint of LiSieux’s doctrine and of the particular impact her message has had on the men and women of our century. Moreover, some circumstances contribute to making her designation as a Teacher for the Church of our time even more significant.
                “First of all, Thérèse is a woman, who in approaching the Gospel knew how to grasp its hidden wealth with that practicality and deep resonance of life and wisdom which belong to the feminine genius. Because of her universality she stands out among the multitude of holy women who are resplendent for their Gospel wisdom.
                “Thérèse is also a contemplative. In the hiddenness of her Carmel she lived the great adventure of Christian experience to the point of knowing the breadth, length, height and depth of Christ’s love (cf. Eph 3:18-19). God did not want his secrets to remain hidden, but enabled Thérèse to proclaim the secrets of the King (cf. Ms C, 2v·). By her life Thérèse offers a witness and theological illustration of the beauty of the contemplative life as the total dedication to Christ, Spouse of the Church, and as an affirmation of God’s primacy over all things. Hers is a hidden life which possesses a mysterious fruitfulness for spreading the Gospel and fills the Church and the world with the sweet odour of Christ (cf. LT 169, 2v·).
                “Lastly, Thérèse of LiSieux is a young person. She reached the maturity of holiness in the prime of youth (cf. Ms C, 4r·). As such, she appears as a Teacher of evangelical life, particularly effective in illumining the paths of young people, who must be the leaders and witnesses of the Gospel to the new generations.
                “Thérèse of the Child Jesus is not only the youngest Doctor of the Church, but is also the closest to us in time, as if to emphasize the continuity with which the Spirit of the Lord sends his messengers to the Church, men and women as teachers and witnesses to the faith. In fact, whatever changes can be noted in the course of history and despite the repercussions they usually have on the life and thought of individuals in every age, we must never lose sight of the continuity which links the Doctors of the Church to each other: in every historical context they remain witnesses to the unchanging Gospel and, with the light and strength that come from the Holy Spirit, they become its messengers, returning to proclaim it in its purity to their contemporaries. Thérèse is a Teacher for our time, which thirsts for living and essential words, for heroic and credible acts of witness. For this reason she is also loved and accepted by brothers and sisters of other Christian communities and even by non-Christians.” APOSTOLIC LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II ,  DIVINI AMORIS SCIENTIA,  10/19/1997.  11.
 “To have trust in God like Thérèse of Lisieux means following the “little way” where the Spirit of God guides us: he always guides towards the greatness in which the sons and daughters of divine adoption participate. Already as a child, as a twelve-year-old child, the Son of God declared that his vocation was to attend to the things of his Father (cf. Lk 2:49). To be a child, to become like a child, means entering the very center of the greatest mission to which man was called by Christ, a mission that goes through the very heart of man. She knew it perfectly, Therese.” Pope John Paul II homily June 2, 1980.  3.
“She counters a rational culture, so often overcome by practical materialism, with the disarming simplicity of the “little way” which, by returning to the essentials, leads to the secret of all life: the divine Love that surrounds and penetrates every human venture.” Harmony Welcome to the Catholic Church.  Pope John Paul II homily 10/19/1997. 5. 
 “The way she took to reach this ideal of life is not that of the great undertakings reserved for the few, but on the contrary, a way within everyone’s reach, the “little way”, a path of trust and total self - abandonment to the Lord’s grace. It is not a prosaic way, as if it were less demanding. It is in fact a demanding reality, as the Gospel always is. But it is a way in which one is imbued with a sense of trusting abandonment to divine mercy, which makes even the most rigorous spiritual commitment light.”  Harmony Welcome to the Catholic Church.  Pope John Paul II homily 10/19/1997. 6. 
“Of Thérèse of Lisieux, it can be said with conviction that the Spirit of God permitted her heart to reveal directly, to the men of our time, the fundamental mystery, the reality of the Gospel: the fact of having really received the spirit of sonship, when we cry, “Abba! Father!”  The “little way” is the way of “holy childhood.” in this way, there is something unique, the genius of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. At the same time there is the confirmation and renewal of the most fundamental and most universal truth. What truth of the Gospel message is, in fact, more fundamental and more universal than this one: God is our Father and we are his children?” Harmony Welcome to the Catholic Church.  Pope John Paul II homily June 2, 1980. 2. (Insegnamenti di Giovanni Paolo II, vol. III/1 [1980], p. 1659).
“He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal (the sick).” Luke 9: 1-2
“After this the Lord appointed seventy (-two) others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. … 8 Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, 9 cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’” Luke 10:1, 8-9. 
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
Psalm 139
“They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.” Jeremiah 1:19 
“After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22 
“As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”” Galatians 4:6
“When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
“Indicating an evangelical way, the “little way”, which everyone can take, because everyone is called to holiness.” APOSTOLIC LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II   DIVINI AMORIS SCIENTIA  10/19/1997. 6.
“Therese of the Child Jesus: return to the essentials and find the secret of all life: divine Love surrounds and penetrates every human venture.” Pope John Paul II homily 10/19/1997
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.   And on entering the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him; and then they opened their treasures, and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11  
  

Scriptures of Liturgy in Season of Manifestation

Mary, Mother of God, Jan 1
Numbers 6:22-27″bless the Israelites”
Galatians 4:4-7  “Abba, Father”
Luke 2:16-21 “manger” Mary pondered words of shepherds & angels; Jesus, name given by angel before he was conceived; at circumcision-8 days-name Jesus;
 

Epiphany “Manifestation” rather than The Three Kings
Isaiah 60:1-6 “Nations shall walk by your light…bearing gold and frankincense”
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 “Gentiles are coheirs”
Matthew 2: 1-12 Magi, Herod, Mary saw the 3 Kings/wise men come and give the gold, frankencense and myrr vs. the humble surroundings
 

Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 “Make straight…valley filled in…he gathers the lambs”
or
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 “a bruised reed he shall not break.  Set you as a covenant…a light for the nations” to set free prisoners
Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 revelation of God’s love, rebirth and renewal
or
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Holy Spirit  descended on Jesus at baptism
 

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 62:1-5 “your builder shall marry you”
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 different “gifts but the same Spirit”
John 2:1-11  Wedding miracle at Cana
 

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra “read out of the book from daybreak till midday”
1 Corinthians 12:12-30 “many parts yet one body” “if one part suffers, all” suffer
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me”