Season of New Beginning

Outline For Season of New Beginning including Epiphany

Getting a “do-over”. 

The vision of Mary is the vision for the world—prepare for the coming of the messiah—realize his coming as he is named “Jesus”. 

Revelation to the “world” in the form of ignorant & poor workers: shepherds.  At the manger Mary pondered words of angels to shepherds; Mary processes “head” knowledge through her heart. Feast Mary Mother of God set on January 1 after Vatican II by Pope Paul VI. He said, “The purpose of the celebration is to honor the role of Mary in the mystery of salvation and at the same time to sing the praises of the unique dignity thus coming to “the Holy Mother…through whom we have been given the gift of the Author of life.” This same solemnity also offers an excellent opportunity to renew the adoration rightfully to be shown to the newborn Prince of Peace, as we once again hear the good tidings of great joy and pray to God, through the intercession of the Queen of Peace, for the priceless gift of peace.”  Jan. 1 is also the observed “World Day of Peace.”  Ancient celebration of Mary as the Mother of God began in the 500’sRevelation to the world, the three kings/wise men come and give the gold, frankincense, and myrrh vs. the humble surroundings of the nativity. Epiphany Matthew 2: 1-12 The word Messiah is a Hebrew word meaning “the Anointed One” Adoption vs. slavery.  “Abba Father” Gentiles as co-heirs Patronage of Mary for United States “Mary the Immaculate Conception”, and for North America “Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe”  The Baptism of Jesus shows the new beginning –the washing/immersion removes the “old” and makes way for the new. Baptism of the Lord   Mark 1:7-11 

Global promise 

“Come and you will see.”  John shows us the transformation available as we follow the lives of the first apostles. 2nd Sunday John 1:35-42“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men” Jesus called them from their boat. 3rd Sunday Mark 1:14-20

Jesus incorporates the message: “I love you, enter the realm of my presence”—beyond John’s baptism of repentance.  These men are first to enter the realm of the presence of Jesus, to have a spirit to Spirit connection.  Enveloped in his love, everything can have new beginning. 

Our heritage changes, once we are adopted by God the Father our bloodline changes, our inheritance of the kingdom and all that entails.  No longer slaves but sons: our rights and privileges change as our relationship changes to family. Jan 1 Galatians 4:4-7, “Abba, Father.” 

The story of Samuel and the priest Eli and the voice of the Lord: “Here I am” “Speak, your servant is listening” 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.  1 Samuel 3:3b-10;19God calls us to wake up out of darkness to the Light.  Personal witnesses by Msgr. David LeSieur and Patti Brunner. 

“Time is running out.”  The “world in present form is passing away” Third Sunday, 1 Corinthians 7:20-31.  Blessing for our community.  David resting the Ark of the CovenantJonah’s story and the need for a “do-over”.  Jonah preached 3 days across Nineveh; people repented were able to change doom prophecy.  3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1-5, 10The presence of Jesus changes everything.  Enveloped in his love, everything can have new beginning.   

References and Resources

Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.  

NAB Luke 1:28 “And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”  29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.” Luke 2: 19 “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”NAB Isaiah 60:3 “Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance.” 

NAB Matthew 2: 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:  6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” 

Welcome to the Catholic Church. Harmony Media. Bible dictionary: Messiah. “Hebrew word meaning “the anointed one.” In the Old Testament the high priests and the kings were anointed. But the name Messiah was used among the Israelites for Him alone who was foretold to Adam and Abraham as the Savior from sin and the blessing of all nations (Gen. 3:15; 12:3; 22:18). Throughout the Old Testament, prophecies concerning Him are constantly given to sustain the hope in and the desire for His coming. He would have a precursor (Mal. 3:1); His birth of a virgin was foretold (Is. 7:14; Jer. 31:22); the time of His coming was revealed to Daniel (Dan. 9:24); even the place of His birth was designated (Mic. 5:2); His reign was described (Jer. 23:5); He would enter the rebuilt Temple (Hag. 2:8; Mal. 3:1); He was to abide among men and would stiffer a cruel passion and death at their hands to redeem mankind (Is. 42:1-4; 53:1-12); and was to rise from the dead as a proof of His divinity (Zeph. 3:8).  When He appeared, the prophecies concerning Him were fulfilled. He was called Christ, which is the same as Messiah, and Jesus, that is, Savior (Matt. 1:21, 25; 26:68; John 1:41; 4:25); and the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36). Isaias (7:14) had foretold that He would be Emmanuel, that is, God with us.”

NAB Galatians 4: 6 “As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.”

NAB Ephesians 3: 6 “that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

Edict of Milan.  Welcome to the Catholic Church. Harmony Media. Catholic Church History.  Caesaro-Papist Imperialism (313-565).  “A(3) Pagan establishment. Paganism does not cease to be the official religion, as we know from subsequent history, but it is no longer obligatory and will be evaded or slighted by the Christian officials. Pagan insignia and rites continue in the name of the imperial Pont maximum and of the senate and people.”

Constantine. B(2) “Legislation throughout the Empire was gradually modified in a spirit more in conformity with Christian principles.”–Patroness-of-the-US/FuseAction/store.displayArticle/article/124/  “This aspect of Mary has become one of the most popular Marian devotions, and many dioceses and churches consider Mary the Immaculate Conception their patron. She is the patroness of the United States with this title, declared so officially by the first Council of Baltimore in 1846”

Pontifical Pronouncements on the Virgin of Guadalupe

“With the Brief Non est equidem of May 25, 1754, Pope Benedict XIV declared Our Lady of Guadalupe patron of what was then called New Spain, corresponding to Spanish Central and Northern America, and approved liturgical texts for the Holy Mass and the Breviary in her honour. Pope Leo XIII granted new texts in 1891 and authorized coronation of the image in 1895. Pope Saint Pius X proclaimed her patron of Latin America in 1910. In 1935 Pope Pius XI proclaimed her principal patron of the Philippines and had a monument in her honor erected in the Vatican Gardens. Pope Pius XII declared the Virgin of Guadalupe “Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas” in 1945, and “Patroness of the Americas” in 1946. Pope John XXIII invoked her as “Mother of the Americas” in 1961, referring to her as Mother and Teacher of the Faith of All American populations, and in 1966 Pope Paul VI sent a Golden Rose to the shrine”

CCC 1265 Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the  neophyte “a new creature,” an adopted son of God, who has  become a “partaker of the divine nature,” member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

CCC 1262 The different effects of Baptism are signified by the perceptible elements of the sacramental rite. Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purification, but also regeneration and renewal. Thus the two principal effects are purification from sins and new birth in the Holy Spirit.

Mark 1: 9 It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.  10 On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. 11 And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

NAB Mark 1: “27 All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.””

NAB Isaiah 43: “18 Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not. 19 See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.” 

RSV 1 Chronicles 13: 7 And they carried the  ark of God upon a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. 8 And David and all Israel were making merry before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.  9 And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and he smote him because he put forth his hand to the  ark; and he died there before God. 11 And David was angry because the LORD had broken forth upon Uzzah; and that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. 12 And David was afraid of God that day; and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?” 13 So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14 And the ark of God remained with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months; and the LORD blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he had.

2 Samuel 6: 6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there because he put forth his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the LORD had broken forth upon Uzzah; and that place is called Perez-uzzah, to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the LORD into the city of David; but David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months; and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household.  12 And it was told King David, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; 13 and when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the horn.

NAB Jonah 3: “10 When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.”


Readings for Season of New Beginning  (see Readings & Catechism )

Mary, Mother of God, Jan 1
Numbers 6:22-27″bless the Israelites” [in Christ the blessings manifest]

Galatians 4:4-7  “Abba, Father” [in Christ we become sons & heirs; no longer slaves]

Luke 2:16-21 “manger” Mary pondered words of shepherds & angels; Jesus, name given by angel before he was conceived; at circumcision-8 days-name Jesus;


Isaiah 60:1-6 “Nations shall walk by your light…bearing gold and frankincense Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 “Gentiles are coheirs” [revelation of mystery of grace for all time]

Matthew 2: 1-12 Magi, Herod, Mary saw the 3 Kings/wise men come and give the gold, frankincense and myrrh vs. the humble surroundings

Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 “a bruised reed he shall not break.  Set you as a covenant…a light for the nations” to set free prisoners                 or

Isaiah 55:1-11 “Come to the water!” “”I will renew you with the everlasting covenant”

Acts 10:34-38  at Cornelius house: “God shows no partiality”           or

1 John 5 we show our love for God when we keep commandments. “Three testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood”

Mark 1:7-11 One mightier is coming after me; “I have baptized with water; He will baptize with the Holy Spirit” Jesus baptized by John, coming up out of the water; the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 3:3b-10;19 “Here I am” Samuel, Eli, “Speak, your servant is listening”

1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20 purchased at a price; joined to the Lord, one Spirit with him, your body the temple of the H.S.

John 1:35-42 “behold the Lamb of God”  Andrew & 1:”Come and you will see”, later brought brother Simon “You are Simon…you will be called Cephas(Peter)”

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Jonah preached 3 days across Nineveh; people repented were able to change doom prophecy

1 Corinthians 7:20-31 “time is running out” “world in present form is passing away”

Mark 1:14-20 Jesus: “kingdom of God is at hand” Simon & Andrew: “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men” James & John: he called them from their boat

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 God promised at Horeb to raise up a prophet to speak His words; people begged not to hear God’s voice directly lest they die

1 Corinthians 7:32-35 be free of anxieties, an unmarried man may please the Lord without distraction of pleasing wife

Mark 1:21-28 Jesus taught new with authority; Jesus rebuked unclean spirit