As we face into the New Year, we are sometimes fearful of what lies ahead. In some ways, pondering upon the events of the Church’s January calendar could bring guidance for the coming months. Two separate but closely allied moments, the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th) and the World Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants on (January 14th), focus our attention on seeking out the marginalised. Christ born in a stable and forced to flee to another land when Herod is told by the Magi of the birth of the Messiah. His plight is mirrored by that of the many millions of refugees and migrants seeking a roof over their heads and food on the table. There are many families and individuals seeking the same basic rights in our own city at present. We are called to be as Christ to those who suffer. Are there practical ways in which we can help? In doing so we may learn to be grateful for our blessings, less focused on our worries and feel again the stirrings of Christian faith, hope and love in our hearts.

Fr.Robert Brophy, P.P.

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