Head of School Blog
Susan Tyree Dempf, Ph.D.

Opening the Door to Christ

Greetings Academy families and friends,

A blessed Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord to all. On this day in our faith tradition we recognize the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah, the Son of God to the gentiles . . . represented in the persons of the Magi. Not truly kings, the three visitors to follow the Star of Bethlehem at its rising include Caspar, an Ethiopian scholar, Melchior, a Persian scholar, and Balthazar, an Arabian scholar. These are the ‘wise men’ who came to pay homage to the Christ child Jesus and returned home ‘by a different way.’

In his homily today, Pope Francis called us each to consider where we are on our own personal journey of faith. The Pope cautioned that we cannot be content to live from day to day, with a slumbering spirit that fails to ask, “what God really wants from us.”  He offered: 

The Magi teach us that we need to set out anew each day, in life as in faith, for faith is not a suit of armor that encases us; instead, it is a fascinating journey, a constant and restless movement, ever in search of God, always discerning our way forward.

As we begin this new year, and we write “20 Ϯ C Ϯ M Ϯ B Ϯ22” on the lintel above our front door to commemorate this feast day, let us each commit ourselves to open the door to Christ, to His presence in our life, our relationships and the direction in which we journey in 2022.

Happy New Year,

Dr. Susan Dempf
Head of School