Christmas, Epiphany and Baptism

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Christmas, Epiphany and Baptism

Sunday, December 29, 2019: 1st Sunday after Christmas (Matthew 2:13-23)
In the presence of God and in light of the redemption, salvation, and reconciliation that is ushered in with God with us, the world will resist and retaliate. The presence of God, the promise of a new reign, the ushering in of an age in which God is with us and God saves all, unleashed a violent, destructive response from those whose absolute power would be challenged. The power of love, peace, and liberation made possible through God with us cannot be defeated.

Sunday, January 5, 2020: Epiphany (Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 1-12; Matthew 2:1-12)
From the Greek word epiphaneia, which means “an appearance or appearing,” Epiphany is the season that recalls the coming of God into the world (seeing or recognizing God’s appearance as a great light in the darkness for all people) and when the Christian tradition celebrates the revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ. During this epiphany, we commit to recognizing and celebrating the various mysterious ways that the life and light of God are made manifest in our everyday lives.

Sunday, January 12, 2020: The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)
Baptism marks our availability for God’s call and commission to serve God’s purposes. Jesus affirms the call to repentance and faithfulness in his own willingness to be baptized. In response, God affirms his identity and his ministry. We, too, are called to accept and remember the call on our lives in the sacrament of Baptism so that we can fulfill our vocations as disciples and our destinies in God’s reign.