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Breaking Open the Word at Home: February 3rd, 2019

The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach the Catholic Faith and live the Catholic Faith as a family.

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19, Psalm 71, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13, Luke 4:21-30 [1]


In these readings we see a striking parallel between Jeremiah and Jesus that helps us to begin to ponder Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament. Like Jeremiah, Jesus is consecrated by God, set apart, and sent as a “prophet to the nations.” Like Jeremiah, Jesus too is rejected by some of those for whom He has been sent.

Saint Paul paints a picture of a person who chooses to love. The Gospel reading showcases this as Jesus loves the people, even in correcting them, while this crowd rejects Jesus and tries to kill Him.


These readings provide an opportunity for reflecting on Jesus as a prophet, Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament, and Jesus as the embodiment of love. “CCC” refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:


Parents or godparents can also put the catechetical content into action through various activities. Here are just a few examples:

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