Both Matthew and Luke present a more foreboding tale as part of their Infancy Narratives. Both involve a revelation or Epiphany, of Jesus.
Fr. Bill preaches both “Epiphanies” and discusses how they constitute a darker side to the Birth of Jesus, and a sober reminder of who it is whose birth we celebrate.
The Sunday following Christmas is the Feast of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. Long before Jesus gathered any disciples, Mary and Joseph dedicated their lives to doing the will of God with Jesus at the center.
The Story of Zacchaeus is more than simply the story of a Tax Collector who climbed a tree; and more than a simple conversion story. Zacchaeus gives a great example of how we should respond to criticism from people who oppose us