Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 19, 2020
Has someone ever shout to get your attention? Between the loud hucksters on television commercials and the people of authority in life, I'm afraid we face shouts every day of our lives. But, how many of these people get our attention? More important, how many of these people point us to something truly worthwhile? This Sunday, let John the Baptist be that messenger with a worthwhile message.
FIRST READING Second Isaiah spoke to a populace in exile, a people who faced foreign deities, a people with a choice to be faithful or to abandon their God. The prophet promised these people a Savior who would raise them up and become a light to all peoples.
PSALM Psalm 40 present two faces of the worshiper, one of praise and one of supplication.
SECOND READING In 1 Corinthians 1, St. Paul greeted his readers by reminding them of their place before God and his gifts of grace and peace to them.
GOSPEL In John 1, the Baptist declared Jesus “The Lamb of God.” This title symbolized the Spirit filled ministry Jesus would provide and the view the Evangelist had of the Messiah.
DAILY READINGS for the Second Week in Ordinary Time
CHILDREN'S READINGS In the story for the first reading, I relate a memory of childhood games and the sight of the person who would lead the children in my neighborhood safely home after dusk, in the same way God led his people safely home from the exile in Babylon. In the commentary for the gospel, John got the light bulb over his head. He understood who Jesus really was when he saw the Spirit come down on Jesus.
CATECHISM LINK In this week's Catechism Link, we explore the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.
FAMILY ACTIVITY Help your family members understand the meaning of the phrase "The Lamb of God" with a lamb poster.