Sunday Readings: The Baptism of The Lord

Perhaps you didn’t get to Mass this week (or ever); perhaps you weren’t concentrating during the readings for the day; perhaps you will be going earlier, and would like to prepare for them; perhaps you were thee, and listened carefully, and would like more time (and help) reflecting on those readings.

There are a number of good websites which offer useful guides for reflection on the days readings.  Try some of them, and see if you find them useful.

Icon of the Baptism of Christ (Kirillo-Belozersk), Wikimedia

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”….Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3, 15-16; and 21-22; reading for Sunday, January 10 2010.

For a specifically gay reflection on the Gospel, Gospel for Gays” is exactly what it says:  a site with a particular focus on Gospel  reflections by Canadian Catholic blogger Jeremiah. Read his reflection for this week here

Out in Scripture” is an interdenominational enterprise with a full set of readings, and reflections by a team of theologians and `pastors, covering all the readings of the day from the “common lectionary”. For more on their methods, history and approach, see their home page.  Follow this link for today’s reflections. (For last week, which they confusingly label this week, go to this page)

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