Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lunar New Year

January 30, 2022
Immaculate Conception of Mary Catholic Church
Wichita Falls, Texas

Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19 (Vietnamese)
Psalm 71:1-2,3-4,5-6,15-17 (Vietnamese)
1st Corinthians 12:31-13:13 (Vietnamese)
Luke 4:21-30 (English)

Today, we celebrate the beginning of the lunar new year: Tet, “the Festival of the First Morning of the First Day.” I have been told that the celebration of Tet includes the cultural custom that the first visitor who a family receives in the new year is a prophetic sign of their blessings for the entire year. I am honored that you have invited me to be your first guest to your parish home of Immaculate Conception of Mary Catholic Church to inaugurate the lunar new year. I want you to know that I understand that this is an honor with a responsibility for me to be a person of good temper and morality, as a prophetic sign that the entire following year will also be filled with God’s many blessings.

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