The full programme is available HERE.
Gospel - John 1:1-18
The Gospel is taken from the first chapter of St. John's Gospel - the prologue which beautifully expresses the great truth that Jesus is the Son of God, the Divine Word, through whom all things were made. Using the images of light and dark, St. John explains that Jesus is the 'real light' who was coming into the world. During this time of the year, when the darkness sets in early afternoon and the stormy weather makes us even more dependent on artificial light, we are invited to ponder on what is meant by the 'real light'. The eternal Son of God became man to reveal God to us and to reveal the great dignity that each person has as created by God. It is fitting that this Gospel for the Second Sunday of Christmas falls between the great feasts of Christmas and Epiphany. God became man to bring us into communion with Him and to those who will believe in Jesus, He gives "power to become children of God" (Jn 1:12). This is the real gift and the real revelation of Christmas - to quote St. Athanasius - 'God became man so that we might become gods' or to put it in the words of the Mass: "By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity".
There are very few online reflections this week for the gospel as many other English speaking countries have (sadly) moved the observance of Epiphany to the nearest Sunday so for them today is the Feast of the Epiphany. However, 12th night for Ireland isnt until tomorrow!
Liturgical odds and ends
Popes Intentions for January 2014
The Pope’s general intention is “that all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples.”
His mission intention is “that Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ.”
The 2014 papal prayer intentions are a legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: he entrusted the intentions to the Apostleship of Prayer on February 1, ten days before he announced his resignation
Saints of the Week
January 6th - Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
January 7th - St Raymond of Penyafort
January 8th - St Abo of Tblisi
January 9th - St Agatha Yi
January 10th - St Adrian of Canterbury
January 11th - St Breandan of Ireland (not to be confused with St Brendan the Navigator - feast day 16th May)