Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


SUNDAY READINGS

Readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 14 (Cycle B) Readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 21 (Cycle B)
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Second Reading: 1 Cor. 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Gospel:
John 1:35-42
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 
Second Reading: 1 Cor. 7:29-31
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
We learn in today’s reading how Jesus’s first followers were gathered. The first two, Andrew and another man, were followers of John the Baptist. After hearing John’s testimony, they became followers of Jesus. During their time with Jesus, the details of which are not specified, Andrew and the other follower came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Andrew then brings his brother, Simon, to Jesus. Immediately, Jesus gave Simon a new name, calling him Peter, which means “rock” in Greek. The renaming of Simon to Peter is reported in all four of the Gospels.

The Gospel of Mark does not begin with a narrative about Jesus’s birth. Instead Mark begins by reporting on the preaching of John the Baptist. John is described as the voice in the wilderness sent to prepare the way of the Lord. Immediately after describing the work of John the Baptist, Mark reports on Jesus’s baptism and his temptation in the desert. Jesus’s public ministry begins after the arrest of John the Baptist. Mark wants his readers to understand the important connection between the end of the ministry of John the Baptist and the beginning of Jesus’s own ministry.


Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

 What do you look for and what do you find in Jesus?

How does your family and/or Small Church Community help to lead others to Jesus?

What will you do this week to share the Good News?

 

 

Imagine what Jesus’s presence and invitation to these first followers must have been like that they responded by leaving their livelihood to become his disciples.  Share your thoughts.

The time of fulfillment is at hand. How might our lives be different if we more fully shared this sense of the immediacy of God’s kingdom?

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