Today on the Feast of the Epiphany, we doubled up on our Church services. First, we attended 8:45 Sunday Mass at the Church of St. Joseph, where I recently served as a Permanent Deacon, then Debbie and I attended the launch of Community Church in Babylon Village at their first-ever church service at 10:30.
Feast of the Epiphany of Christ, as Father Francis explained in his homily, Epiphany is the “manifestation of Christ”.
Those who know me have come to realize that I hate shopping, and this day was not meant to be “shopping for a new church day”, but considering the state of scandal within the Church, we felt impelled to see what this new church was all about. As a couple with an experience of outreach in the community we are called to wonder, and ask the deep questions about our faith, our institutions and to see Christ in and be Christ to others.
I believe that Pope Francis is well guided by the Holy Spirit as he reminds us to get back to basics and reject the notion of clericalism and careerism in any Church.
I have come to understand that the Holy Church is both human and divine, and yet it is the “human” aspect along with the sin and love of power that tried to steer Peter’s boat off course. It is up to us in our local communities, with the grace of God, to risk a relationship with fellow Christians to build up the Body of Christ, right here in Babylon.