Study of the ReadingsEd. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Transform- ations of the Body
He was like us in all things but sin, the author of Hebrews reminds us
when discussing Jesus’ high priesthood. And yet we balk at the
statement. “If he did not sin, how could he really be like us?
How could he be fully human?”
John J. Pilch
Jesus presumably leaves his family and village to come to John for
baptism. This movement is very symbolic.
Man of dust that I am, let deepest reverence enfold me when I behold
the height to which I have been called.
A Peace Church?
Each of this Sunday’s readings invites us to ponder the centrality
of peace and justice in the mission of Jesus and in the mission of
any of us who claim to be his disciples.
Reginald H. Fuller
This feast has regained some prominence, and for this we may be
glad. It helps to reinforce the theological, as opposed to the
historical, emphasis of our Western Christmas cycle of feasts.