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We believe that all religions in the world are necessary, since they are a way of life that helps people group together and live in a friendlier way. We may not agree with some religions and what they teach to their believers, because they are far away from our own beliefs, but those religions have been made up to serve the people they serve for that same reason, that is for getting that group of people together under the same religious rules. We could add here that some of these religions are out of touch with reality, but that is the way they have been made. Anyhow, today we are not writing this article to point their difference, and which one of them is better for us, because we are writing this article to talk about our Christian religion and how it could help us in our life. So, let us talk about what happens after Christmas in our Christian religion, and how people use these religious feasts, as this is going to be my new year resolution, which is write some normal religious events and then try to see how they fit with our religious theory that we have partly written.
Dear readers, we are at the starting religious point of the year. As you know, in our last hub we have talked about the coming Christmas of 2016, where we have said a few things about these celebrations, which today are about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anyhow as you know, Christmas time happens once a year at the end of the year, and after that people start thinking about the new coming year, and that is exactly what we are going to do here. So, with the new coming year everything starts again, but, first let us look at what happens in a religious way, let us see how mother church explain the progress of this new born baby Jesus Christ, because it is from here that our Christian religion was born, so, everything evolves around this baby Jesus Christ. So, let us try to follow what we hear and what we know already.
Today what we are going to tell you in this article, it has been told already thousands of times and it will continue to be told for a long time to come. Because beliefs and religions must keep these beliefs going, so, the old same story is being told again and again, but that does not matter, because we need to tell to the future people about these happenings. We could say that this is the way that humanity has been able to pass this information from generation to generation, so, it is necessary that keeps going on, as it seems that it is necessary to continue.
Anyhow, we have decided to follow some of the church liturgy during the year, to see what happens during the year in some churches and commend on it. We would also like to follow what pope Francis says, since he is a very different pope and somehow interesting, I feel that he might change a few things during his reign as pope. You see he even believes about evolution, which is something that any religious believer would not admit, so, this pope is willing to change a few things, so, it would be worth following what he is going to come up with. At the same time we will have our chance to discuss what he has said and perhaps talk about why he is taking that stand. So, let us see what we are going to write next, starting with epiphany, since epiphany is what the churches celebrate after Christmas.
Feast of Epiphany and the Magi
Christmas and epiphany
All Christian religions, after the feast of Christmas, which today is celebrated as the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, they start a new liturgical year. The first important feast for the new liturgical year is the feast of epiphany. There might be a few different ways, how people understand this feast, and how they use it but let me describe to you, how I understood it when I was a kid. First of all, the feast of epiphany in Italy when I was a kid, for us children there was this old lady that brought presents to us, she was like today Santa Claus, but with a difference, she was an old lady a bit like a witch riding a broom, who brought presents to us kids, she would give good kids good presents, but would give naughty kids ashes and coals, picked up from the chimney where we had hung one of our socks to receive her presents, anyhow I got some good presents, but sometimes got some ashes and coals too, anyhow this is how we kids saw epiphany then, but there is also the church version of this feast, so let us talk about it.
In Christianity, the feast of epiphany may be slightly different between the different Christian churches, but since I don’t know enough about this difference, let us talk about the Roman Catholic church services and beliefs. The religious feast of epiphany in the Roman Catholic church it is about the three wise men reaching their destination to visit baby Jesus. At the service, the priest will tell you that these three wise men (or kings) have come from faraway lands, guided from this bright star that now has stopped above the humble place where baby Jesus is laying in a manger. A lot of local people have come to visit baby Jesus already, because of this bright star staying above this place and other signs. Anyhow, the three wise men are there because they knew that baby Jesus is a very important person, they might have read the scriptures of the old prophets, so, they have followed this star that seemed to guide them. Knowing that this new born is important they have brought presents fit for a king: their names are said to be, Gasper, Balthasar, and Melchior; their presents are, gold, frankincense and myrrh, so they were fit for a king. And thus, from this very poor and humble beginning, now baby Jesus has become very important person.
It is said that the three Magi on the way to find baby Jesus had gone to ask Herod for directions, and he seemed very interested to know more about this new born baby, so he asked the magi to let him know on their way back. But the magi became suspicious and left using another way to avoid Herod.
Anyhow this is what very likely you will hear preached, if you go to the epiphany church service. So, I think that I have said enough about epiphany. The only thing that I am adding here is that while the magi became suspicious and left for a different way without going back to Herod. Also St. Joseph had a dream and became suspicious of Herod, so soon after that they left to go back to Egypt.
Pope Francis is a different pope
Religious happenings today
In the old time, have happened these religious things that we have written above, today we might think that nothing important is happening right now, because there are not any spiritual signs that we could follow. But I believe that religions and religious beliefs are still playing their part, even when everything seems the same old thing and quiet. But then if we look at the following they are not very quiet.
We need to follow our religious leaders, to see, if there are signs of any changes. So, what we could say about today religions? To do that let us follow pope Francis and anything that seems out of the ordinary. I believe that pope Francis today is changing a few things that in the past we would have thought they were not possible to change, he is basing and using religion more in a humanitarian way than a strict religious way. So, he even lets to sleep in some churches people of different religions, he wants to save lives and hardship to anybody at all, just about every day at the angelus, when he appears at the window, he talks about the refugees especially the children that reach Italy by themselves, he is very helpful towards them, he takes risks with all these new comer refugees, even if some of them in the public view might be dangerous, he does not seem to see this danger, he trusts in God and our Lord Jesus Christ, and hopes for the best outcome.
We said at the beginning of this article, that religions are a way of life that helps people form religious groups to live in a friendlier way, forming a religious group of people is okay, but just because it is a group it divides itself from other religious groups. But pope Francis does not want to see that, he looks at everybody as an individual and a child of God, so he believes that everybody for him is equal in his eyes and the eyes of God and treats them equally. What is going to change from his actions we don’t know yet, because they could affect religion in the future. I suppose that we should wait and see what is going to happen.
We would like to know what could be the aim of his changes. So, this question arises. Are his aims only to save lives and be human towards any person that comes close to him? Or is he aiming at something more important?
Perhaps one day we will know the answer to this question, if it is only to save lives. Anyhow, here I believe that we have said enough in this article for the time being. So, see you next time.
May God bless us all?
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