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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
April 19, 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

Solemnity of the Epiphany

Reading I : Isaiah 60:1-6

Your light has come!

  • The reading from Isaiah refers to a time of great hope in ancient Israel.
  • Jerusalem, which had been destroyed by the Babylonians, was about to be rebuilt.
  • In today’s passage, Isaiah associates light with the glory of God’s presence.

Reading II : Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6

We all share the same promise!

  • In the second reading, we glimpse a beginning of God’s Kingdom in time.
  • Paul stresses that God’s promise to Israel is fulfilled in Jesus.
  • All people, both Gentiles and Jews share in salvation in Christ.

Gospel : Matthew 2:1-12

They opened their coffers and presented him with gifts.

  • The Gospel reading today links Jesus to God’s promise to Israel.
  • The royal title given by the Magi to Jesus points to his role as Messiah.
  • In ancient times, the birth of a great person was often associated with astrological events.