New Year’s Day: January 1st
The Gospel today says that, having found the infant Jesus, the shepherds returned to their work, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. We, too, have seen and celebrated the mystery of the Word made flesh. Will we follow their example when we return to work tomorrow?
Epiphany: January 3rd
The three kings in today’s Gospel traveled a great distance at considerable cost to offer their richest gifts to the Infant Jesus. How far will I go and what will I offer to do homage to this newborn King and Savior?
First Sunday – Season of Christmas Ends – Baptism of the Lord: January 10th
Jesus, whom God called “my beloved Son”, is also the “servant” of whom Isaiah speaks in the first reading. We who re baptized in Christ must follow His example and use our time and resources in the service of God and neighbor.
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: January 17th
In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells the Corinthians (and us) that all our gifts are from God and that they are given, not for ourselves alone, but for the common good. But the generosity of God knows no limits – the miracle at Cana reminds us that whenever we faithfully do as God asks, He can change our gifts of water into wine!
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: January 24th
The U.S. bishops’ pastoral on stewardship reinforces today’s reading from 1 Corinthians: ”Because its individual members do collectively make up the Body of Christ, that body’s health and well-being are the responsibility of the members – the personal responsibility of each one of us. We all are the stewards of the Church.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: January 31st
Jeremiah declares that the Lord knew him before he was born, and dedicated and appointed him to his role as prophet even before he drew breath. We, too, are known and sent by the Lord. What deeds of love and service are mine to perform?
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: February 7th
In today’s readings, both Isaiah and Peter hear the call of God and feel themselves unworthy. But, reassured by the Lord, both answer and follow. Do I hear the Lord asking, “Whom shall I send?” Am I prepared to answer, “Here I am. Send me!”?