January 15, 2017

2nd Sun., Ordinary Time

January 15, 2017:  Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

See 13 connections with today?
Legend below

Some from Ed Bolduc's blog
For next Sunday
Pope Francis
Pre-Angelus:  The Church is called to bear witness to Jesus Christ as John the Baptist did:  to show Jesus to the people, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  There’s always trouble when the Church proclaims herself:  she loses her way.  When the Church proclaims Christ, she carries Christ, not herself; he alone saves his people from sin and leads them to the land of true liberty.
Post-Angelus:  We must ensure migrant children protection, defense, and integration into host societies.  They're exposed to many dangers, including being sold into slavery.  Today is the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, this year focused on the plight of the youngest migrants:  Child Migrants, Vulnerable and Voiceless.
Remember St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, patroness of migrants, who passed into eternal life 100 years ago this year; this courageous sister dedicated herself to bringing Christ's love to those far from home and family.  Her witness helps us take care of those far off, in whom Jesus is present, often suffering, rejected, and humiliated.

  • Is 49:3, 5-6  The Lord, who formed me from the womb, said:  You are my servant, through whom I show my glory.  I will make you a light to the nations.
Wordle: Readings 1-19-14

  • Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10  "Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will."  The Lord heard my cry, gave me a new song to God and ears open to obedience.  Your law is within my heart!
  • 1 Cor 1:1-3  You have been sanctified in Christ, called to be holy.  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Jn 1:29-34  John the Baptist saw Jesus and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, the one who was to come after me.  I baptized so he might be made known.  I saw the Spirit come down to him from heaven.  He is the Son of God.”

    • Creighton:  In this Ordinary Time season we can let sink in what took place in the previous weeks:  “The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.”  In the 1st reading God says “it's too little for you to be my servant... I'll make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”  Our lives should reflect God's glory to everyone.  God doesn't ask for our offerings but instead gives us "ears open to obedience" and asks us do his will, our heart's delight.  God has given us a new song:  “Here am I, to do Your will.”  John the Baptist, seeing the Spirit descend on Jesus, testifies that he's the Son of God....
      Baptism of Christ/ Davezelenka
      (More Baptism of the Lord art)
    • Passionist:  John the Baptist calls Jesus "Lamb of God," not "Victor" or "King."  It could refer to the lamb whose blood was put on the doorposts at the first Passover to save Israel or the Suffering Servant like “a lamb led to slaughter.”  He's the One who “ranks ahead of me [John] because he existed before me.”  He doesn't conquer by force but saves by giving himself for us.  John says Jesus "takes away the sin of the world," not vengefully taking away the sinners.  We witness to and follow this Lamb who loves us and sacrificed himself for us.  May God give us the grace to do so....
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Behold the Lamb of God!"  The title "Lamb of God" captures Jesus' mission of redemption; he freely offered his life for us as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.   When John says he didn't know Jesus, he was referring to his hidden divinity, but the Spirit revealed his true nature to him.  The Spirit makes the Lord known to us through the gift of faith, opening us to receive the mystery of God, his plan to unite all in his Son.  Lord, pour your Spirit on us to deepen our faith, hope, and love for God and his plan for each of us.
    Dress legend
    • 'Lamb' tie bar:  "Behold the Lamb of God" (gospel)
    • 'Dove' pin:  "I saw the Spirit coming down like a dove" (gospel)
    • 'Phone' tie bar:  You're 'called' to be holy (2nd reading)
    • 'Street lamp' tie bar, 'Children around the world' tie:  "I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." (1st reading)
    • 'Clocks' suspenders:  I've waited, waited for the Lord (psalm)
    • 'Fire' pin:  You didn't want sacrifice, holocausts, or sin-offerings (psalm)
    • 'Scroll' pin:  In the scroll it's prescribed...  (psalm)
    • 'Clef' tie pin:  The Lord put a hymn...  (psalm)
    • 'Heart' pin:  ...in my heart; Your law is within my heart (psalm)
    • Blue and green:  Blue for waters of baptism (gospel), green for Ordinary Time season

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