January 10, 2015

Jan. 10

January 10, 2015:  Saturday after Epiphany

  • "Star" tie pin:  star guiding the magi (Epiphanytide)
  • No-ël pin:  It's Christmas through tomorrow!
  • 'Kneeling person' tie bar: If you see another sinning, pray... (1st reading)
  • 'Golden calf' pin:  Be on your guard against idols. (1st reading)
  • Blue shirt:  Jesus and John were baptizing (gospel)


Listen to Epiphanytide music


Suggestions from Ed Bolduc's blog
Courtesy of Cardiphonia
  • 1 Jn 5:14-21  We're confident that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us and it's ours.  If you see another sinning, pray and God will give him life.  God protects those begotten by him.  We belong to God, but the world is under the Evil One.  God's Son has given us discernment to know Who is true.  We're in Christ, true God, eternal life.  Children, be on your guard against idols.
    Wordle: Readings 1-10-15
  • Ps 149:1-6a, 9b  "The Lord takes delight in his people."  Sing and dance God's praise.  The Lord loves his people and adorns the lowly with victory.
  • Jn 3:22-30  Jesus, his disciples, and John were baptizing.  “John, [Jesus] to whom you testified is baptizing.”  John:  “We can only receive what's been given from heaven.   I said I'm not the Christ but was sent before him.  My joy has been made complete.  He must increase; I must decrease.”
Reflect
    • Creighton:  We need to speak the language of love, faith, and the fruits and gifts of the Spirit.  Our responsibility is to draw close to God and be informed about Jesus.
    • One Bread One Body:  "The last shall be first":  We need to repent and to be ministers of reconciliation....
    • Passionist:  I strive for perfection; it's an advantage and a nemesis.  I'm tempted to compare myself to and criticize others.  I want to be recognized and rewarded.  I get impatient with co-workers who don't work as hard:  I want others to decrease so I can increase.  I can forget my abilities are through God's grace.  John achieved "success" in the world's eyes, but he steps aside for Jesus. His followers are concerned by the attention Jesus is getting.  May I be more aware that I'm an instrument; God must increase and I decrease.
    • DailyScripture.net:  When John's friends complained people are going to Jesus, John said he's messenger/friend, not Messiah/groom.  The joy of a wedding feast is a sign of God's love and joy in his people, his bride.  John acted as the best man in arranging the marriage and in making preparations for the feast.  John and his disciples rejoice that the groom has come to make his bride ready for the feast.  Do I look with joyful anticipation to the fulfillment of God's plan?