The Weekend of January 12-13
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us this weekend as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.
In the Readings
First Reading Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
In the First Reading, God brings comfort to His people by forgiving their sings. A voice cries out: in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord. We are to share the good news of Jesus with all the world so people everywhere can prepare for the Second Coming of our Good Shepherd.
Second Reading Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us that we have received the grace of God so that we might reject the ways of this earth and instead live our lives like Christ. Jesus didn’t come into the world because we deserved it. He came because of God’s mercy and love. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection and through the Holy Spirit, we can be forgiven and be worthy of eternal life.
Gospel Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
In the Gospel, people are asking if John the Baptist is the Christ. John told them that someone, Jesus, is coming that is mightier than him and that John is not worthy to even loosen Jesus’ sandals. John baptized with water, but Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. After John baptizes Jesus, the Holy Spirit descends like a dove and voice from heaven says “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall following the Gloria.
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