Activating Our Baptism: Day 1

The Epiphany of Our Lord, January 4-5

Readings for Mass of the Epiphany (links below to USCCB Readings)

Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72 “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”

Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6

Matthew 2:1-12

Video Meditation – Bishop James Johnston Jr.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Are there ways that you have become satisfied with the status quo? What are some ways that you might be inspired by the model of the Magi to seek God’s wisdom in hopes of finding Jesus our Savior?
  2. Essential to our worship of God is the celebration of Sunday as the new Sabbath day. Are there ways that you might better celebrate Sunday as a day of rest in addition to attending Holy Mass?
  3. Following the example of the Magi, consider some ways that you might more intentionally worship Jesus Christ in your weekly schedule through daily prayer, attending weekday Mass, or some other ways?

Actions to consider

Are there obstacles in your life that you are facing now that may be preventing your growth as a disciple of Jesus?  Perhaps you might spend some time in prayer considering ways that God has provided a way to overcome other obstacles in your life.  You might also ask a trusted friend about an obstacle they have faced and overcome with God’s help.

Prayer for the Holy Year of Renewal

Eternal Father, who created and redeemed your holy people, we turn to you in this time of renewal, seeking healing and restoration in Christ.

Holy Spirit, inspire us as we discern ways to make the priorities of the Mutually Shared  Vision our own.
Help us to put the many gifts we have received from you at the service of your mission to “make disciples of all nations.”

Increase in us a desire to live our baptismal call, to be salt and light in the world, and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in our daily lives.

United by faith and made your children through baptism, we ask for the grace to live as One Family: Restored in Christ – Equipped for Mission.

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