Ministry Unfolds

Sunday, December 29
Matthew 2:13–23

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Joseph, a dream, and Jesus—again we find meaning in relating this story to the saga of the patriarch, Joseph, read on Saturdays.
Today’s reading is the sequel to the account of the Magi and Herod proclaimed next week on Epiphany Sunday. We read of the aftermath of Herod’s rage in the terrible massacre of the Holy Innocents and the safe refuge of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Egypt. From the very beginning, Jesus is one with his people, at first protected in Egypt, then delivered from the slavery that would develop.
Follow the journey of the Holy Family to and from Egypt; join them as they settle in Nazareth for the long, quiet years of the presence of God in Jesus. He becomes ready for the saving ministry that will unfold.

As you quietly live each day, God continues to prepare you for your unique ministry that is unfolding.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
With the Holy Family v. 14
Lord, heal the hurts of mothers v. 18
Obeying Your sacred call v. 20
Joining You in Nazareth v. 23

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
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Year A is dedicated to the Gospel ofLuke.

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4 thoughts on “Ministry Unfolds

  1. I’m confused. The Firestarter links the two Josephs, saying thar we are reading the Old Testament story of Joseph on Saturdays but actually the current Saturday readings are from Exodus.


    • Because of the variation of the lunar cycle on which the Torah readings are based, for some years the end of Genesis and the stories about Joseph do not coincide with the Joseph of the Christmas stories. This the case for this year. Thanks for inviting me to make this clarification.


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