Day 75: Jesus’ Infancy and Hidden Life (527-534)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven, we do trust you and we know that we need you. We know that we need your light to guide us, your voice to call us by name. And so as we reflect on the infancy mysteries, the infancy narrative of Jesus, as we reflect on His being presented in the Temple, His being lost and being found, as we reflect on His hidden life in Nazareth, and the silence that marked the vast majority of His life, the obedience that marked all of His life, and the work that marked His life, we just ask you to enter into the silence of our own hearts. Enter into the ways in which you are calling us to be obedient, not only to you, but also to those people who are in our lives that you are calling us to be obedient to. Enter into our work, Lord God. With your grace, with your own hands you worked. And so we ask that you please enter into the work of our hands. You sanctified work. Help our work this day be sanctified in you no matter what it is that we are doing. Let it all be for your glory and for the salvation of the whole world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen”

"Circumcision and Baptism"

-Notes compiled by Andrew Adamany

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

527 Jesus' circumcision, on the eighth day after his birth, is a sign of incorporation into Abraham's descendants, into the people of the covenant.  It is the sign of his submission to the Law and his deputation to Israel's worship, in which he will participate throughout his life.  This sign prefigures that "circumcision of Christ which is Baptism

While the RSVCE translation of Colossians 2:12 reads "and you were buried with him in baptism," the original Greek word "suntaphentes" is an Aorist Passive Participle, more literally translating the passage as "In him you were also circumcised... in the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism..."

Just as circumcision was the sign of initiation into the Old Covenant, we are now initiated into the New Covenant by enter into the Body of Christ through baptism, which is done by the Spirit.

Ezekiel prophesied that God would sprinkle clean water upon you, give you a new heart, and put his spirit within you to cause you to walk in his ways.  Real circumcision, which Paul called Baptism as the circumcision of Christ, he also said is a matter of the heart, a fulfillment of God's promiseto  the people of Israel to circumcise their hearts so that they will love him with all their hearts and souls.


The Holy Bible- RSVCE

Interlinear Greek Bible- Strong’s Concordance