Lk 1:31-33: Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. 33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
Visitation: Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55) esp the words: “my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior … He hath … and hath exalted the humble.”
Nativity: Lk 2, esp 13-20. “suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us. And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”
Presentation, esp Lk 2:34: “And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted.”’
Finding in Temple: Lk 2:47-8 “It came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers.” During this time, the Child Jesus certainly asked questions about the prophecies of the Messiah, touching on His Passion, Death and Resurrection and also about the resurrection of the dead.
Agony in the Garden: Jn 18:4-6 “Jesus … said … Whom seek ye? They answered him: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith to them: I am he. And Judas also, who betrayed him, stood with them. As soon therefore as he had said to them: I am he; they went backward, and fell to the ground.” Divinity of Christ is shown in the guards falling back.
Scourging at the Pillar – Rom 8:17: “if we suffer with Him [Christ], that we may be also glorified with him.” Reward in the glorified body for all the sufferings we offer up in love.
Crowing with Thorns: Jn 19:2-3 “And the soldiers platting a crown of thorns, put it upon his head; and they put on him a purple garment. And they came to him, and said: Hail, king of the Jews; and they gave him blows.” Mocked as “king”, our Lord knows that He will show forth He is King of Heaven at Resurrection, Ascension, and especially at Final Coming in Glory and Judgment.
Carrying of the Cross – Hebrews 12:2: “Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who having JOY set before Him, endured the Cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.”
Death on the Cross: Lk 23:42-3 The Good thief “said to Jesus, Lord remember me when thou shalt come into Thy Kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.”
Baptism – “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” – divinity of Christ showed forth in His Resurrection
Miracle at Cana – Christ’s changing of water into wine, also a manifestation of His divinity. His 1st Sign, culminates in His Resurrection.
Proclamation of the Kingdom – Jn 11:24-5 “Martha says to Him [Jesus]: I know that he shall rise again, in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, although he be dead, shall live.” “Martha says to Him [Jesus]: I know that he shall rise again, in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, although he be dead, shall live.”
Transfiguration – Mt 17:1-9 “And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and brings them up into a high mountain apart: And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow … And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.” Manifests divinity and also His transfigured appearance points to the Glorified Body He will have at His Resurrection. He also foretells His resurrection from the dead!
Institution of the Holy Eucharist – Jn 6:55 “He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.” “Also, when we receive Holy Communion, we receive the Glorified/Risen Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.
Other recommended books for the entire Liturgical Year: – Fr. Calloway’s book on St. Joseph – Also for sale in our Gift Shop – The Lenten Cookbook – David Geisser – with some essays on fasting and Lent by Scott Hahn. (For sale at our parish’s Gift Shop) – Introduction to the Devout Life – St Francis de Sales – The Catholic Controversy – St. Francis de Sales – Murder in the Cathedral – T.S. Elliot – Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family – Maria Von Trapp – Catholic All Year – Kendra Tierney – The Year and Our Children – Mary Reed Newland – Roman Martyrology: Free on-line