Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


SUNDAY READINGS

The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 29 The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, January 5
First Reading: Sirach 3:2-6
Second Reading:
Colossians 3:12-21
Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Matthew’s story of the “Flight into Egypt” is modeled on the stories of Moses and his escape from the Pharaoh. Matthew’s main intent is to say something about who Jesus is. He wants us to make an act of faith in this Jesus. Like the people of Israel escaping from Egypt, Jesus is the new Israel. He is God’s son. On a very human level, the Gospel also portrays a “holy” family in which loving parents go to extreme lengths to protect a threatened child. Epiphany means “manifestation,” a revelation of Jesus as truly God. Matthew and Luke show this child to be divine through stories of “signs and wonders” when Jesus was an infant. Matthew’s account of the visit of the three magi also shows the Church’s mission to the Gentiles. Matthew’s audience, largely Jewish Christians, was struggling to accept the presence of Gentile Christians in their community. Matthew shows in this Gospel passage that the salvation of Gentiles as well as Jews was indeed God’s plan.

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Describe an experience of God guiding you out of danger or a difficulty. How did God “speak” to you? Through a friend, family member, a stranger, your feelings, prayer?

What can you do to defend and promote gospel values at home, at work, at church and in society? What keeps you from doing so?

Who or what event was the star that led you to a better understanding of Jesus?

The wise men were following the star and found Jesus. What can you do be the shining light so that you can bring others to find Jesus?

 

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