Word for the Weekend: January 12

Tapestry by John Nava

The Christmas season is not yet complete: it will end with the coming weekend's celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. (We return to Ordinary Time on Monday, January 13.)

You can find the readings for this weekend and background material on them here.

If you're shepherding children to Mass you can look here for hints on helping young ones prepare to hear the Word.

We are coming to the close of a season of Theophanies: manifestations, appearances of God among us.

The word Theophany comes to us from the Greek (Θεοφάνεια - Τheophaneia) which means "appearance of God." Three feasts in a row celebrate the appearance of God in Christ: Christmas, Epiphany, and the Baptism of the Lord. 

This weekend the gospel (Matthew) tells the story of Jesus coming to John to be baptized and the voice of God declaring Christ as the beloved Son.  The first lesson (Isaiah) outlines the ministry Jesus begins with his baptismal experience.  The second lesson (Acts of the Apostles) quotes a sermon given by Peter in which he mentions the Lord's baptism.

It's a new year!  Resolve, beginning now, to spend some time each week previewing the scriptures for the coming weekend - it's the best way to prepare for Sunday worship!  

Start right here!


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