It is not possible to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ, the very Son of God, in a single day. The church gives us a season—from Christmas eve to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord—to reflect with wonder on what God has done and is doing in our world. The gift of this child who would go on to give his very life for our salvation is the source of our hope in every age and through every storm. In Christmas, Season of Hope and Wonder, meditate with Catherine Upchurch on three New Testament passages that invite us to move through wonder to hope.
Catherine Upchurch serves as the director of Little Rock Scripture Study and the general editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible. She brings years of adult faith formation experience to her writing and speaking. She is an associate editor of The Bible Today, a regular contributor to Give Us This Day, and the author of Mary, Favored by God, Moses, Called and Equipped, and Hospitality, Welcoming the Stranger.
The church’s liturgical seasons revolve around the life of Christ, providing a physical time and the necessary space to enter into the great gift of God in his Son. In this yearly cycle we become more fully alive to Christ’s presence in our world and more in tune with the practices of faith that continue to mold us as Christ’s followers. These titles help us to experience the primary liturgical seasons in fresh ways.
Alive in the Word invites you to explore Scripture in a way that is engaging and transformative. Each volume offers brief but powerful lessons that help you reflect on your own life and experience in relationship with the words, events and characters of the Bible. Prayer and action are full integrated. Browse through the titles under development in each of seven thematic topics.