On this First Sunday of Christmas, we explore the Gospel according to Luke in a story that is only found in Luke's Gospel account - the Holy Family entering the Temple in the days following the birth of the Christ child. In addition to the Holy Family, we hear the words of Simeon and the prophet Anna.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Luke. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Luke 2:22-40).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
After reading the Scripture passage, what strikes you as amazing or unusual? Why do you imagine Mary and Joseph might have been amazed at the words of Simeon or Anna?
After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, what are your thoughts about the "public proclamation of Jesus" in the Temple?
After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the sentence, "God became small for us in Christ; he showed us his heart, so our hearts might be won." - How is the power of God shown in the vulnerability of an infant?
Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on your experience and thoughts of the role of community in the faith development of people.
Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph and reflect on the needs of the world, both close and far, and imagine what your community might do to help and how this might be achieved in the coming year.