I remember my dad telling me that when he was young, on the Feast of the Epiphany, the priests of the parish would go around to the homes of every parishioner and bless them. He said that when the house was blessed, they would give the priest a chicken, or eggs, or something they had made on the farm. I used to think, “How is it possible for a few priests to get to every home in the parish in one day AND where did they keep all those chickens or eggs or whatever in their cars until they got home?”
I still marvel at it but I have heard through manypeople that this was a longstanding tradition, especially in ethnic parishes from Eastern Europe. The wise men came to the house where Jesus was with Mary, his Mother and they offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We do the reverse: we pray that the Lord Jesus will come to OUR houses and bring to us His peace and mercy and love. The grace of a peaceful, loving, forgiving home is one of the greatest gifts we will ever experience in this life.
This new year, may we truly be blessed with all good gifts but most of all with a good and loving family! God bless you all!
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