1 January 2023
Bible readings for today
God of Mary, Joseph and Jesus
You share the suffering of all those forced to flee their birthplace.
Give us compassion for all displaced peoples;
give us special care for vulnerable children.
Help us to heed warnings and to change plans and direction when you ask. Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Jesus the refugee (Matthew 2:13-23)
In today's gospel reading, Mary and Joseph flee Egypt to protect Jesus from Herod. The reading order is a little out of sync this week, as the story next week is about the wisemen finding Jesus, which happened just before this passage! You may like to consider how you tell these two weeks as a shared story of Jesus' life.