Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 26, 2020
Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
— Psalm 27:14
Dear Parish Family,
Even though He was the Son of God, Jesus still had to learn our human ways. Mary and Joseph taught Him how to talk, how to dress and feed Himself. They taught Him how to pray. When He wanted to play with His friends, other kids in his area, they probably taught Him how to play games much like kids in our neighborhood showed us.
Even as an adult, Jesus never stopped learning from others. Today’s gospel marks the end of the ministry of John the Baptist who, as we heard, had been arrested. It also marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, a ministry that began with the word “repent.” That word would have sounded familiar to those who heard the preaching of John because it was the same word which John used in his ministry.
The Son of God wasn’t above learning from others and following their example. Just think what we our world would be like if everyone would learn from Jesus and follow His example.
In the Word,
First Reading — God has restored the land, and brought great joy to the people (Isaiah 8:23 — 9:3).
Psalm — The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27).
Second Reading — Paul exhorts the believers at Corinth: As there is one Christ, so too must there be no divisions among you (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17).
Gospel — After calling his first disciples, Jesus goes throughout Galilee (Matthew 4:12-23 [12-17]).
Readings for the Week
Monday: 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10; Ps 89:20-22, 25-26; Mk 3:22-30
Tuesday: 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19; Ps 24:7-10; Mk 3:31-35
Wednesday: 2 Sm 7:4-17; Ps 89:4-5, 27-30; Mk 4:1-20
Thursday: 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29; Ps 132:1-5, 11-14; Mk 4:21-25
Friday: 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17; Ps 51:3-7, 10-11; Mk 4:26-34
Saturday: 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps 51:12-17; Mk 4:35-41
Sunday: Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32]