This Week's Liturgy
January 11th, 2009 (see other dates)
The Baptism of the Lord
Discussion Questions for Reading 1Today’s first reading from Isaiah challenges us to imitate Jesus, in our care and concern for those in need—the blind, the imprisoned, those who live in darkness. How can we act as a "light" to others? Whose eyes are “blind” and need to be opened? What things in your own life do you think you may be blind to? Are their family members or friends who seem imprisoned? What can you do to help them break out of whatever is confining them?
Reading 1 Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Reading 1 ReflectionIn this reading the author tells us about a peaceful and strong servant upon whom God has put his spirit. He is one who is specially chosen, like Moses and David. He will not stop until he establishes justice on this earth.
Jesus Christ is the Messiah promised by God. He came into the world to heal and save us. God wants us to be free from darkness so that we can be a light to others. Let us open our minds and hearts to the light he brings into our lives. Let us ask him to help the Church to be, like him, "a light for the nations."
Discussion Questions for Reading 2Imagine yourself listening to Peter at Cornelius' home. How would you tell someone else about the amazing story you heard? How do we know that God shows no partiality or favoritism? How can we help one another to grow in holiness?
Reading 2 Acts 10:34-38
Reading 2 ReflectionImagine the disciples after Jesus' resurrection. They have such good news to tell about him. He is the Messiah, the One we've been waiting for! In this reading, Peter, almost bursting with the good news, tells the story of Jesus to a man named Cornelius and to people at his house. Peter tells them what happened when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Filled with God's Spirit and power, Jesus did the work of the Messiah: healing, saving, telling people the good news of God's love.
Like Peter, we too, have a story to tell about Jesus, our Savior. How can we share this good news?
Discussion Questions for GospelWhat are some ways we can live out our baptismal promises? As a baptized member of the Church, what do you think is God’s plan for you? How will you follow this plan?
Very often we get so busy and noisy that God’s voice is completely drowned out. We are not always prepared to recognize Jesus in our daily lives. What will you do to become a better listener?
Gospel Mark 1:7-11
Gospel ReflectionIn this reading we have the story of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River . Even though Jesus was the Messiah and God's beloved Son, he went to John the Baptist to be baptized. As Jesus came out of the water, a voice from heaven declared, "You are my beloved Son." God's approval and blessing was on Jesus.
A new beginning and new blessings have come to us in Jesus, God's only Son. When we were baptized, we truly became daughters and sons of God and followers of Jesus. Let us ask Jesus to help us to share his work as God's friends.
Proclaiming Faith Activities for Primary Grades
A Visitor from SpaceToday's readings from the Old and the New testaments tell us about the kind of person Jesus is. Imagine that you have just met someone from another planet who has never heard of Jesus. Describe to this person who Jesus is. In your description, use some of the ideas about Jesus from today’s readings.
Proclaiming Faith Activities
Good Works and Healing Here and NowPray to the Holy Spirit before beginning this activity. In the second reading Peter tells us that Jesus "went about doing good works and healing all who were in the grip of the devil." If Jesus were living today in your town or city, what good works might he do? List them on a sheet of paper.
What persons "in the grip of the devil" might Jesus try to heal today?
Choose one of the good works you have listed and tell how Jesus might accomplish this through you today.
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