Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A - January 29, 2023

Happiness

What accounts for true happiness? Self-fulfillment? Or is it something more, beyond the self? Jesus defined it as the blessing of deferred fulfillment, setting aside the self for the glory of the Kingdom.

Sunday Studies

FIRST READING The prophet Zephaniah praised the poor for their simplicity of heart. They were the faithful remnant who placed God above all.

PSALM In Psalm 146, the author urged his audience to praise God as the source of all good things.

SECOND READING In 1 Corinthians 1, St. Paul pointed to the powerless in his audience as proof of God benevolence. The Lord was in charge; the Corinthians had no reason for bragging.

GOSPEL Matthew 5 presented the Beatitudes, Jesus' teaching on the ideal lifestyle of the disciple.

Other Resources

DAILY READINGS for the Third Week in Ordinary Time.

CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL January 25, 2023

CHILDREN'S READINGS In the story for the first reading, we meet irresponsible Mark and his neighbor, the disciplined Daniel. Which one was really happy? In the story for the gospel, Mark's selfishness led to an accident that led to the destruction of his video games. Daniel offered him some games on loan. Why would Daniel make such an offer? The answer was found in the Beatitudes.

CATECHISM LINK In this week's investigation, we take a closer look at the Beatitudes.

FAMILY ACTIVITY Have you family members draw the results of a Beatitude and discuss how they can obtain that result.