January 13, 2013: Studies and Meditations on this Sundays Scripture Readings


To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings, studies and reflections for this coming Sunday’s Scripture readings. This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study on the Sunday Readings can be found here.

Here are three short audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast (each about an hour long) from the Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. The sister leading the study does a really nice job using primarily, I believe, the notes from the St. Charles Borromeo study linked below.

Here is a talk from last year’s Sacred Page Podcast with Dr. Michael Barber and John Bergsma, discussing the Baptism of the Lord (and his temptation in the wilderness by Satan):
The Sacred Page

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here,* Catholic Matters* can be found here, the Catena Aurea (“Golden Chain”) of St. Thomas Aquinas can be found here, and the Haydock Commentary can be found here.

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Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!


A better link for the Catena Aurea can be found here.


More good stuff on this Sundays Readings:

Reflections on the Readings from The Sacred Page

Why Was Jesus Baptized? (Carl Olsen)

Why Was Jesus Baptized? (Jimmy Akin)

Why Were The Heavens Opened Up At Jesus’ Baptism?

Reflecting on Titus for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (alternate 2nd Reading)


Quoting and commenting from part of today’s gospel reading from St. Luke:

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased."

Justin Martyr, Methodius and Lactantius quote an earlier manuscript of St. Luke’s gospel
with the verse from Psalm 2 as being the voice from heaven: **“Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten you”. **

According to the Constitutions of the Apostles this verse was part of the early baptismal
rite of catechumens. This day was also considered the Epiphany of our Lord in the early church.

(This older version can be found in the Jerusalem bible translation.)

God’s peace be with you



Thanks, micah; that's very interesting! :)


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