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The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry & The Rejection at Nazareth

January 23, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

NEH 8:2-4A, 5-6, 8-10 PS 19:8, 9, 10, 15 1 COR 12:12-30 or 1 COR 12:12-14, 27

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LK 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events

that have been fulfilled among us,

just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning

and ministers of the word have handed them down to us,

I too have decided,

after investigating everything accurately anew,

to write it down in an orderly sequence for you,

most excellent Theophilus,

so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings

you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,

and news of him spread throughout the whole region.

He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,

and went according to his custom

into the synagogue on the sabbath day.

He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring glad tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,

and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.

He said to them,

"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."


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Ven. Satoko Kitahara (Feast Day January 23)

August 22, 1929-January 23, 1958

Satoko Kitahara was born in Japan in 1929 to a wealthy aristocratic family, descended from samurai. When World War II began in 1940, Satoko went to work in an airplane factory, while her father and brother joined the army. While working at the factory, she lived in constant fear of attacks and miraculously escaped when her workplace was bombed. As a result of the bombing, Satoko became sick with tuberculosis. After the war, most of Japan was in ruins, including Satoko’s home. When introduced to the Mercedarian Sisters at a nearby Catholic school, she was drawn to the sisters’ deep faith. In 1949, Satoko was baptized, taking the name Elisabeth Maria. Although Satoko desired to be a member of the religious order, she was not accepted because of her poor health.

As a lay single person, Satoko dedicated her life to serving the poor of her community in an area known as the “Village of Ants,” where children and young people survived by collecting and selling garbage. She gave up her money and belongings to live among the people, teaching them to read, building a school, and working to provide clean living conditions for them. Satoko died of tuberculosis in 1958 at the age of 28. Pope Francis declared Satoko venerable in 2014.


Take time to chat

• Luke begins his Gospel by saying that he “investigated everything accurately anew” so that his readers would realize the “certainty” of his teaching. Why do you think it was important to begin the Gospel this way?

• Jesus returns to Galilee after his baptism. Galilee is about 70 miles away from where John baptized Jesus. With no TV, no Internet, and no cell phones, how do you think the news of Jesus spread throughout the whole region? What do you think people were saying about Jesus?

• Re-read the prophecy from Isaiah in today’s Gospel. This prophecy describes Jesus. Describe Jesus in your own words.

• Thinking about Venerable Satoko Kitahara’s commitment to the “Village of Ants,” what lengths would you take to help someone in need? How could you help them grow closer to God?


Recipe of the week

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls)

Inspired by Ven. Satoko Kitahara, try this Japanese dish that can be eaten as a snack or part of a meal.

2 cups Japanese short grain rice or sushi rice, cooked

4-5 Tbsp soy sauce

Olive oil or butter

Soy sauce or Miso paste

(optional) vinegar and salt

(optional) butter

Let the rice cool to where it is easy to handle with your hands but is not completely cool. Divide the rice into about 6 even amounts and tightly shape into a ball or triangle. You can shape it in plastic wrap or rub vinegar on your hands and salt on your fingertips to prevent sticking. Over medium heat, warm a skillet with oil or butter. Grill the shaped rice for about 1 minute on each side. Brush with either the soy sauce or the miso paste on both sides of the shaped rice. If using soy sauce, brush on the shaped rice each time you turn it over. Grill each side until crispy. Top with butter and then serve.


Family Fun

Haiku Contest

Channel your inner poet by throwing a family haiku contest in honor of Ven. Satoko Kitahara.

A haiku is an unrhymed three-line poem. It is based on a traditional Japanese poetic form. Haiku poems in English have the following pattern:

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

The last line usually makes an observation. Most often, haiku poems have a theme relating to seasons or nature.

As a family, pick a poetic theme that is related to today’s 52 Sundays content. Invite everyone to write one poem. Share and vote on the best one. Celebrate with ice cream when you’re done!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Lectio Divina

On this Sunday of the Word of God, spend some time reflecting on this Scripture. Jesus is known as the Word of God.

Lectio Divina (Latin: “divine reading”) is a way of developing a closer relationship with God by reflecting prayerfully on his words in Sacred Scripture. In Lectio Divina, the chosen passage is read three times in total, giving an opportunity to think deeply about it and respond thoughtfully.

Choose a reader for the passage below. After each reading, allow for a minute or two of silence to let the words sink in. Listen for any words or phrases that seem to jump out. After the third reading, pray about what God is calling you to focus on today. Family members are invited to share their experience afterward. This formula can be used for any Scripture passage.


Jn 1:1-5

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 to be through him,

and without him nothing came to be.

What came to be through him was life,

and this life was the light of the human race;

the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Right after he finishes reading the Gospel, what does the priest or deacon do to the Book of Gospels?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Read and reflect on Scripture for 5 minutes every day this week.

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Fun Facts!

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Pope Francis declared the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time as Sunday of the Word of God in 2019. This day is a reminder to read the Bible regularly and to put God’s Word at the center of our lives.

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