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Don't Blow Out The Candle!

...They rejoiced exceedingly with great joy
Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Topic Happiness

Sermon Week The Epiphany of the Lord Cycle C

Scripture Summary Matthew 2:10


A game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was scheduled for a certain Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. That morning, baseball's Tom Lasorda, manager of the Dodgers, and a Catholic, went to Mass. As he settled down in his pew, the Cincinnati Reds manager came into the Church and sat in the same pew. The two men eyed each other but neither spoke. When mass ended, as they walked out in silence, Lasorda got a bit nervous when he saw the Cincinnati manager pause to light a candle. "I figured that gave his team an edge over ours," Lasorda said. "So I walked back to the front of the Church and came down the aisle again...and when I saw he was gone, I went over and blew out the candle."

In today's Gospel Lesson, we have the familiar story of the Wise Men from the East who followed the star to Bethlehem until it came to rest over the place where the Child was...

they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy, and going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him (Mt. 2:9-11).

The Word of God had come into the world and "In Him was life," the Apostle John tells us. "And the life was the light of men...the true Light that enlightens every man" -- every human being. This was the reason for our Christmas celebration of recent memory. This was the reason for the "Christmas Spirit," as we call it. On Christmas Day we celebrate the coming into the world of the Light of our lives. But the day comes and goes, and with it goes the Christmas spirit, the Christmas joy. It's as though on Christmas Day we light a huge candle that glows around the world, and the next day we blow it out. And, in so doing, we miss the lasting meaning of Christmas. We miss the Gospel Message that tell us that it's Christmas every day. We miss the opportunity God has given us to "rejoice exceedingly with great joy" day-in and [...]

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