JANUARY 3 Mon Christmas Weekday [The Most Holy Name of Jesus]
1 Jn 3:22—4:6/Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
4 Tue USA: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious Memorial 1 Jn 4:7-10/Mk 6:34-44
5 Wed USA: Saint John Neumann, Bishop Memorial 1 Jn 4:11-18/Mk 6:45-52
CP. Saint Charles Houben, CP, Priest
6 Thu Christmas Weekday [USA: Saint André Bessette, Religious]
1 Jn 4:19—5:4/Lk 4:14-22a
7 Fri Christmas Weekday [Saint Raymond of Penyafort, Priest]1 Jn 5:5-13/Lk 5:12-16
8 Sat Christmas Weekday 1 Jn 5:14-21/Jn 3:22-30
9 SUN THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD Feast
Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7/Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
The gospel readings from the Epiphany to the Baptism of Jesus are from the four gospels. All announce that Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate, as he begins his ministry, manifests himself to all. In Psalm 2 (Monday) God says “I will give you all the nations as an inheritance.” Jesus gives himself to all.
Each gospel points to the universal mission of Jesus in its own way. In Matthew’s gospel on Monday, Jesus begins his ministry in the “Galilee of the Gentiles”, “ Gentiles from the Decapolis and beyond the Jordan as well as Jews approach him and he receives them.” Matthew 4,12-17, 24-25)
In Mark’s Gospel for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jesus multiplies the loaves and the fish on the Jewish side of the Sea of Galilee (Mark 6) and then sets out on the sea for the other side, the pagan side, to bring God’s promised blessings.
On Thursday and Friday excerpts from Luke’s Gospel are read. On Friday Luke recounts the cure of the leper, who represents the abandoned of this world. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus comes especially for the poor.
On Thursday, Jesus opens his ministry in Nazareth, his hometown, and his reception there is the same as the other gospels indicate. He’s received well at first, then experiences rejection.
In Saturday’s reading from St. John, John the Baptist recognizes that Jesus “is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” At the Jordan River, Jesus brings the waters of life to everyone.
Some important North American saints this week: Mother Seton (January 4) John Neumann (January 5) and Brother André Bessette (January 6).
The Passionists celebrate the Feast of St. Charles Houben, who brought healing to the sick and troubled. I’ll publish his biography on Wednesday.
Readings. Online: www.usccb.org