Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The mysteries of the birth and infancy of Jesus

I stumbled upon this passage from the handy new Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the current liturgical season. Need a quick primer on the mysteries that we are currently celebrating? Here you go:

103. What does the Gospel teach about the mysteries of the birth and infancy of Jesus?
[CCC 525-530563-564]

At Christmas [Lk 2:1-20] the glory of heaven is shown forth in the weakness of a baby; the circumcision of Jesus [Lk 2:21] is a sign of his belonging to the Hebrew people and is a prefiguration of our Baptism; the Epiphany [Mt 2:1-12] is the manifestation of the Messiah King of Israel to all the nations; at the presentation in the temple [Lk 2:22-38], Simeon and Anna symbolise all the anticipation of Israel awaiting its encounter with its Savior; the flight into Egypt and the massacre of the innocents [Mt 2:13-18] proclaim that the entire life of Christ will be under the sign of persecution; the departure from Egypt [Mt 2:19-23] recalls the exodus and presents Jesus as the new Moses and the true and definitive liberator.

The Compendium is available in print and on-line at the Vatican website (see my links section).