Readings & Reflection Questions

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SUNDAY READINGS

Readings for the Epiphany of the Lord, January 6

 

Readings for The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 13
First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Gospel: Mathew 2:1-12
First Reading:  Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Second Reading:  Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7
Gospel:  Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
The Second Vatican Council wrote, “Christ is the light of all nations.”  Today we hear about wise men who traveled a great distance to see Jesus.  Finding him, they offered him gifts as the Lord of the Universe.  Epiphany means appearance.  This feast celebrates God appearing as Jesus to the whole world.  God appears so that we all may see. The baptism of Jesus is considered a manifestation of God in Jesus, another “epiphany.”  On this, the last day of the Christmas season, our Gospel reveals to us Jesus’ relation to God: the son of Mary and Joseph is also God’s own Son.  In Luke’s Gospel, all three members of the Trinity are manifested here: God the Father in the voice, the Holy Spirit descending, and Jesus the Son.  At the beginning of his Gospel, Luke is communicating to us important information about the identity of Jesus. In the verses that follow, Luke lists the genealogy of Jesus, tracing Jesus’ ancestry back to the first person, Adam, who is also identified as the son of God. We, the children of Adam and Eve, are again made children of God through Baptism.

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

What have you done to carry the light of Christ to others?

The three wise men worked hard to find Jesus, and we are asked to do the same.  What are some ways you have found Jesus in your life?

Knowing we are all children of God, what difference should this make in our lives?

Baptism prepared Jesus for his mission and life’s work.  What has your Baptism asked you to do?  How have you responded?

Describe a time when you experienced a new beginning.

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