For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Happy new year! I know it is a late greeting, but this is the first time I am writing to you in 2022. I hope and pray for a good year for all of you where you are able to receive what is in God's heart for you. The new beginning is always full of hope and energy to move toward new and better things. May the Lord gladden our hearts this year and continue to lead us together and empower us to be his church on earth, an icon and sacrament for his love and hope to all people around us.
I want to thank you for your prayers and condolence messages for my mother's passing away. This is why I had to be away from the church these recent three weeks. Praise God for his sure hope in the risen Christ. My comfort and consolation are that my mother is with Christ, whom she loved dearly. She was the first person to teach me the love of Christ.
It is a Candlemas Sunday tomorrow where we recall when our Lord and Saviour entered the temple as a baby (40 days old) with His parents. This feast is an in-between time, a hinge from Epiphany to Lent season. We continue to unfold Christ's mystery of who Jesus Christ is while we begin to look ahead to his passion. We are closing the season of Epiphany, but let's continue opening our expectations to be surprised by Christ and his mystery. May the Holy Spirit, by quieting our noise and freeing our heart, help us live attentively in the present to see what is hidden, not only what is obvious and overt. To see what we ought to be seeing, and not only what we expect to see. May our eyes be opened to discover that we already hold the baby.