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Sunday 13 January 2019: The Baptism of the Lord

When Jesus had been baptised and had been praying, the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit came upon him

The Baptism of the Lord.  Image of pixabay.com...After his baptism by John in the Jordan, Jesus emerged from obscurity and began his public ministry. Recalling the humility of the Baptiser – who declared himself unworthy to perform even the slave’s act of loosening the straps of the messiah’s sandals – Luke underlines how amazing is the event that is to take place, as Jesus submits himself to John’s baptism of repentance. ‘I baptize with water’, John declares, ‘He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire’ - Luke’s narrative of the first Pentecost is clearly foreshadowed.

Believers of every generation have been puzzled by this unexpected turn of events. Seeking the reason why, takes us to the heart of God’s plan of salvation. This plan, in the words of the Greek Fathers of the early Church, is an expression of the divine ‘condescension’ – God would open the way to eternal life for a lost world, not by a remote divine edict, but in a way that gives expression to the mystery of God’s active love for the human family...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

 
The search for Jesus PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 06 January 2019: The Epiphany of the Lord

The Magi visit the Holy Family.  Image courtesy of pixabay.comWe have come from the East to worship the king

...We know little about the Magi. They come from the East and journey to Bethlehem, following an astrological sign, so we believe them to be astrologers. We assume that there were three Magi based upon the naming of their three gifts. The Gospel does not say how many Magi paid homage to Jesus. In Matthew’s Gospel, they represent the Gentiles’ search for a saviour. Because the Magi represent the entire world, they also represent our search for Jesus...

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A child of Israel PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 30 December 2018: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Holy Family.  Image courtesy of pixabay.comHis parents found him in the temple, sitting among the learned men, listening to them

...Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are presented in this Gospel as a faithful Jewish family. They are participating in the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, an event shared each year with family and friends. When Jesus is found, Luke describes him as seated in the Temple in the midst of the Jewish teachers. Although he is young, Jesus seems not to need teaching about his Jewish tradition. In his dialogue with these learned teachers, Jesus astounds them with his insight and understanding. Jesus is a child of Israel. His Father is God...

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