6 January

In England the Feast of the Epiphany has been transferred to Sunday

Throughout history there have been men who wanted to conquer the world; they were consumed with a lust for power and they thought their goal could be achieved by bloodshed.  Dictators have been responsible for more deaths than anyone could count and more atrocities than anyone could imagine.

Saint John tells us that whoever wants to conquer the world is the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  Now of course Saint John is speaking of a different kind of conquest, one which overcomes sin, evil and everlasting death.  We can become conquerors through faith in Jesus Christ because he has won the great victory for us.  This would be a strange kind of victory in the twisted mind of a dictator.  Strangest of all, the victory has come about through bloodshed, not the blood of millions but the blood of the God who became a man.

Ambition is a drive which can become so strong that it blinds a person to true values.  Faith in Christ should be like a light, which illumines reality so that we can see the real purpose of life and identify what we really should be working for.  We have a promise that the goal is already ours in every Mass we celebrate.  Our Lord himself declares to us: “This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.”  This covenant is God’s promise that eternal life is ours.  Some dictators and their cronies surely considered themselves to be great men; but Almighty God has made us great through the Blood of his Son.

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