Sunday Bible Reflection
Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8
1 Peter 4:13-16
Jesus has been taken up into heaven as we begin today's First Reading. His disciples - including the Apostles and Mary—return to the upper room where He celebrated the Last Supper (see Luke 22:12).
There, they devote themselves with one accord to prayer, awaiting the Spirit that He promised would come upon them (see Acts 1:8)....
Every year, the St. Paul Center prays a novena for the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, January 25. We pray to our patron for the conversion of our families and friends, as well as for our own deepened conversion. Join us for the next nine days as we ask for the powerful intercession of our beloved patron, St. Paul.Day One: Today we pray for our own deeper conversion. May we be tireless apostles...
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Jesus presents himself for John's baptism in today's Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ ("anointed one")—the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today's First Reading.
This post is an excerpt from The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet by Emily Stimpson Chapman.
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