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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
January 16, 2019
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Christmas

During the Christmas season from December 24th until the Sunday after Epiphany, we reflect upon the mystery of love that is made visible in the birth and early childhood of Christ.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Baptism of the Lord

Reading I : Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

God upholds his servant, a light for all nations.

  • The first reading from Isaiah sings of God’s servant, being upheld by the Spirit.
  • God has formed us and we belong to God.
  • We are sent to heal and set free.

Reading II : Acts 10:34-38

Jesus is the savior of all nations.

  • Anyone called by God is acceptable to Christ.
  • Jesus was anointed by the Spirit.

Gospel : Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Jesus is baptized.

  • The heavens were opened and God spoke.
  • Jesus invited John to baptism him in order to fulfill all that God demanded.
  • This is my Son, God said, My favor rests on him.