I have no doubt that like me you have been paying keen attention to the development of COVID-19 these last few days including yesterday’s announcement of the first case in Barrie. All of a sudden things have hit closer to home.
"The great Lenten journey begins with the imposition of ash, our foreheads marked by the cross...A tangible reminder of our finiteness."
"The season of Lent which begins on Wednesday is an invitation to ascend the mountain with Jesus. It is an opportunity to resist the dictatorship of noise and enter the silence of the Lord."
How were Simeon and Anna able to see [Jesus], recognize him, welcome him, and proclaim him with joy? And, how can we see Jesus and have faith like they did?
Epiphany reminds us that God comes not just for the benefit of insiders but so that those who are far off might by grace be brought near. Epiphany reminds us that the light which dawned at Christmas is drawing all people in.