January 2, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

IS 60:1-6 PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 EPH 3:2-2-3A, 5-6

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MT 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
"Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage."
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel."
Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
"Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage."
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.


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AUGUST 28, 1774 - JANUARY 4, 1821

Elizabeth was raised in a home of wealth and privilege in New York. She married a prominent young businessman, William Seton. When William’s business went bankrupt, and he contracted tuberculosis, they moved to Italy, where they hoped the climate would improve William’s health. This was not the case, and he passed away a short time later. Now a widow, Elizabeth and her children became completely dependent on the kindness of her husband’s business partners in Italy. She went to Catholic Mass with friends in Italy while they awaited the opportunity to return home. Elizabeth was touched deeply by her Catholic friends’ belief in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Five months after she returned to America, she converted to the Catholic Faith. Elizabeth’s conversion represented no small challenge or sacrifice. At a time when she needed the support of family and friends most, she was criticized and rejected for her newfound faith. Yet, she took up the task she believed God was calling her to do. Years later, Elizabeth took up a second calling as a religious and founded the Sisters of Charity. Mother Seton established the first free Catholic school for girls in Baltimore. The order she founded has expanded to include work for the poor in hospitals, schools, and charitable institutions.

In 1975, Elizabeth became the first American-born saint to be canonized. In his homily, Pope Paul VI gave a great definition of a saint: “A saint is a human creature fully conformed to the will of God.” St. Elizabeth conformed her life to the will of God in multiple vocations: as wife, mother, and later as a religious sister.


Take time to chat

- A star in the night sky led the magi to Jesus. Share a time when you felt that God led you in a special way.
- What does it mean to “do homage”? In what way do you do homage to Jesus?
- The magi gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. If Jesus were born today, what gift would you give him and why?
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was impacted by her friend’s belief in the Eucharist. Explain your understanding of the Eucharist.


Recipe of the week


The Magi traveled to see Jesus. You don’t have to leave your home to enjoy this dessert.

1 can (3 oz.) chow mein noodles

1 cup coarsely chopped nuts

1/3 cup honey
¼ cup sugar
2 Tbsp margarine
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
8 oz. package butterscotch pieces (about 1 cup) or chocolate chips

Combine noodles and nuts in a mixing bowl. Set aside. Combine honey, sugar, margarine, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add butterscotch and stir until smooth. Pour over noodles and nut mixture. Stir gently until coated. Drop by heaping teaspoon on baking sheet or waxed paper. Let stand until set. Makes 2 dozen.


Family Fun


The star led the magi to Jesus. Gaze into the heavens and ponder the vastness and beauty of the universe that God created.
Download a star gazing app (such as Sky View Lite or Star Chart) on each family member’s smart phone. At nightfall, go outside as a family and use the app to explore the night sky. Find the brightest star in the sky and imagine what it was like for the magi to journey to find Jesus. Invite one family member to re-read the Gospel story as you gaze upon the star.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer


In today’s Gospel, Jesus receives gifts from the magi. Each of us has received gifts and talents from God. Pray this prayer as a family to help you discern your gifts over the course of this year and open your heart to God’s plan for your life.
Jesus, as we begin this year, we open our hearts to you and place our lives before you. We are thankful for the many ways that you guide and take care of us. We are also grateful for the gifts and talents that you have bestowed upon us. As we progress through this year, help us to see more clearly the joyful plan you have for our lives and give us the desire to use our gifts and talents for your glory. Amen.

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The Magi came to honor Jesus. What are ways that we honor Jesus during Mass?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

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Bless your house with chalk for the Epiphany. Write above the entrance to your home: 20 + C + M + B + 22. This asks for Christ to bless the marked home and stay with those who dwell there throughout the whole year.

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Fun Facts!

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The letters in the house blessing stand for the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benenedicat, which means “May Christ bless the house.” It also is thought to be the initials of the Magi—Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.