Pondering for Sunday, January 10, 2021

Part 1 of 2

Daily Office Readings for the Week after the First Sunday of Epiphany: Year 1

AM Psalms 146 and 147; PM Psalms  111, 112, and 113:
Isaiah 40:1 to 11Hebrews 1:1 to 12John 1:1 to 7, 19 to 20 and 29 to 34

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:1 to 5)

This Gospel according to John begins as does Genesis.  Genesis speaks of luminous light; John speaks of moral light. Even a blind person can see and understand morality, that is, what is the right and loving thing to do, and so can you.

Part 2 of 2

Eucharistic Readings for this First Sunday after the Epiphany; Year B

Genesis 1:1 to 5Psalm 29Acts 19:1 to 7Mark 1:4 to 11;

“God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” (Genesis 1:5)

This is our opening of the Book of Genesis. It speaks of Sunday as the First Day of the week in which the week to come is brought into light. I notice that from the beginning we start with seeing the light of morning through the preceding evening night.  The week leads to a Sabbath Day, a day of rest and peace, a gift from God – a gift that our Lord Jesus recognized also.  This is our Lord Jesus who is the moral light of the world. His Light is, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

Be it Genesis or John, God wins, every time. We have choices. We can choose to be temporal, or we can accept God’s invitation to eternal life through the same eternal Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Thank You Lord Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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