An Invitation to Faithful Living

Slaughter of the Innocents; Reni Guido (1611-1612) — Padua, Italy

Date: January 1, 2017 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday of Christmas (Year A)

Herod's cruel act death and destruction the norm call to faithfulness

Summary: Today is the start of a new year, and for liturgical Christians the 8th Day of Christmas, but our Gospel lesson reminds us of the Slaughter of the Innocents. Christian faith has been opposed by political and social forces for centuries. Where are the struggles in our lives today?

Some discussion Questions: 1. What opposition to my faith will God help me to overcome? 2. How might Mary have understood Isaiah 63:7-9? 3. According to Hebrews 2:10-18, why was it important for Jesus to suffer and face the kinds of challenges that we do?

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