January 6. Identity.  The PPC Justice and Peace coordinator wrote in the parish newsletter, “When one registers for school or sends a CV to apply for a job it is important to state clearly who one is, where one comes from, was born, went to school, qualifications, etc. And to be honest too bearing in it is important to start off on a good footing. Is this just for security reasons, to weed out potential trouble-makers or is there real value in knowing one’s identity and appreciating where one comes from, one’s family and parents? After all when does a family start?  Does belonging, to a particular race, nation or culture still matter, especially to the younger generation? It seems that there is definite sensitivity towards race in our country.   Share with one another how you feel about your identity and identity in general. What causes wars or neglect or abuse of any kind?

Scripture.  John preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stop down and untie.  After Jesus was baptized by John a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son.”  Mark 1:7-11. Pope Francis:  Only the Creator fully knows the child; he alone knows his or her deepest identity and worth. Expectant parents need to ask God for the wisdom fully to know their children and to accept them as they are. AL170