Happy (Traditional) Feast of the Epiphany!
January 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
In my mail yesterday, from my dear Brother Joseph:
Christmas truly is the most peaceful time of year, the time of the tranquility of the manger. Whenever the holy family draws near everything begins to share in their serenity. Troubles disappear, quarrels get resolved, fears are reassured. “Fear not daughter of Zion (Jn 12: 15),” that is, daughter of Israel, “behold your king is coming seated on an ass.” This image of the donkey is a familiar one in the scriptures and he appears in most manger scenes as though awaiting the moment when our Lord will finally have need of him. “The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib (Isaiah 1:3).” I love that text. The good old donkey is one of your favorites, too, I would guess. Who wouldn’t love such a peaceful animal. In the Middle Ages the donkey had his own feast, if you can believe it. It was incredibly popular, too. Somehow this silly beast has found its way into God’s heart. When I think of the peace of Christmas I can’t help recalling this ever-present companion of the holy family. May the good-old donkey accompany you too.
And I am finally back online after my Christmas break. :) I hope everyone had a lovely, peaceful holiday.