Today’s feast of the Epiphany, which means the manifestation of God’s divinity in the child Jesus, will mark the end of the Christmas season with the Baptism of Christ next Sunday. Already as this New Year begins, we have come to Mass to adore Jesus, truly present in His Word and the Eucharist. The red light of the sanctuary lamp manifests His presence as does the tabernacle veil. Our Church is full of the presence of Jesus. We too are asked to manifest, to be the epiphany to others of the presence of Jesus.
This year I encourage all of us to practise the Presence of God. A Carmelite brother, named Laurence of the Resurrection, who was born in 1614 in Hériménil in France, discovered what he called “the practice of the Presence of God”.
Prayer is nothing else but a sense of the presence of God. Each one of us has His presence within us. We can be at times insensitive to God’s presence within. This does not negate the reality that He is always with us and that He only waits patiently for us to invite Him into our hearts.
This practice of being aware of the presence of God is our greatest gift to Christ. This practice, which can be easily done by just simply repeating the Holy name of Jesus reverently or, as we did in Advent, breathe in and out the Word of God, Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus. Repeating that mantra- Come Lord Jesus – will enable us to be sensitive, to become aware of the beautiful presence of Jesus within.
We receive Holy Communion in order to manifest His presence to everyone we meet. This simple prayer will help us to spend our whole day in His presence. St Paul encourages us to “pray at all times”, this is possible through this holy practice of the Presence of God – “Come Lord Jesus.”
We all need tranquillity and peace. For this Jesus came to bring us peace. In the middle of all our daily work and the moments of trials and adversity, the practice of the Presence of God will inspire within us a deeper self-estimation because of the joy of knowing that Jesus is always with us.
Like the three Kings who come today to offer their gifts in homage and adoration, so too, we offer to Jesus our hearts so He can live, and move and breathe in us. Give Jesus this year, the opportunity to make a real difference in your life. Offer Him each day, the practice of His Presence – Come Lord Jesus – and then begin the joy of being always in His presence.
God love you