Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s Word:

“New wine is poured into fresh wineskins” (Mark 2:22)


On This Date…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 15, 1929 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; his mother was the daughter of the previous pastor of Ebenezer Church. In high school Dr. King skipped both the 9th and 12th grades. He entered Morehouse College at age 15; at the end of his junior year he resolved to enter the seminary; he was ordained a minister during his senior year in college. From 1948 to 1951 he earned a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Crozer Theological seminary in Chester, PA; he was valedictorian. He married his wife, Coretta, in 1953.

In the Gospel for tomorrow, the official birthday this year for Dr. King, Jesus says, “New wine is poured into fresh wineskins”. One commentator noted that Dr. King’s message – “freedom for slaves in law and in fact, without blood being shed, save his own” – is an example of new wine in fresh wineskins. May people say of us, “They are filled with new wine” (Acts 2:13).

Standing Up For Freedom Together

Today’s Word:

“We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, … to stand up for freedom together.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On This Date…

Onimages January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; his mother was the daughter of the previous pastor of Ebenezer Church. Dr. King skipped 9th and 12th grades and entered Morehouse College at age 15; at the end of his junior year he resolved to enter the ministry. In February 1948, four months after his college graduation, he was ordained a minister, at age 19. For three years he studied at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA, and was valedictorian at graduation in 1951. In his famous August 28, 1963 speech, Dr. King dreamed that “all of God’s children” will be “free at last.”

On Monday, January 19th, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 135,000 volunteers will join hands in 1,800 projects and events throughout the Philadelphia area. As Dr. King said, “We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, … to stand up for freedom together.”

– Father McLaughlin

“New Wine”

Today’s Word:
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New wine is poured into fresh wineskins. (Mark 2:22)


On This Date…

Today our nation commemorates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. His father and maternal grandfather were pastors of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Dr. King entered college at age 15 and resolved during his junior year to enter the ministry. Dr. King studied for three years at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, and was ordained in February 1948.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “New wine is poured into fresh wineskins.” Dr. King’s dream of racial harmony and freedom is the new wine of Jesus’ Gospel.

– Father McLaughlin