Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
April 15, 2024


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

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Reading I : Isaiah 9:1-6

A son is given to us.

  • Isaiah tells the people that “a great light” has changed their world—turned it upside down; oppression and gloom have been overcome.
  • It is the birth of a child that has caused this change.
  • This child has a vast kingdom that will last forever.

Reading II : Titus 2:11-14

God’s grace has been revealed to all people.

  • Paul affirms the grace that God has already bestowed on those who believe.
  • The believers are waiting for the coming of the Lord in glory in the future.
  • Until the Lord comes in glory, they are to live justly and devoutly.

Gospel : Luke 2:1-14

Today a Savior has been born for you.

  • Joseph and Mary journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be counted in the census.
  • While in Bethlehem, Mary gives birth to Jesus, the Son of God.
  • Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise, our Savior.