2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

January 15, 2023

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Sunday Mass

Homilist: Rev. Kevin Regan
Guest Choir: St Hugh of Grenoble Parish Choir, Greenbelt, MD
Archive Date: January 19, 2020


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The Wise Men travel far to meet Jesus Christ and present Him with gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. After their visit, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt to protect Christ from the wicked King Herod, who wants to have Him killed.



2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)


Priest’s Introduction to the Mass

Today we hear titles given to Jesus, who is called the Son of God, the Lamb, and the true Servant who brings salvation to the whole world. His role is completely based on his relationship to God, whom he calls his Father. Our role is based on our relationship to Jesus, when we begin to know him as he is and what he is called to do. Like him, our task is to continually deepen the relationship that leads us to know who we are and what we are called to do. That noble work is never finished.


God’s Self-Revelation – “Who are You?”

One of the elderly sisters in my religious community used to ask a younger sister that question every day at breakfast. The senior in question didn’t have dementia. Far from it! She was challenging the other to continue to dig deeper and deeper into her own identity, to discover and articulate who she really was. The younger one started with her name and went on to other words which described the relationships that called her forth: sister, daughter, friend, etc. Some of the answers had an overtly religious tone while others could include anything from the claim to be a swimmer to a Cardinals’ fan. As the days went on, it became quite a challenge to continue to respond with new, honest, creative answers – and a good number of us learned from watching the interchange.


Planning: Epiphany of the Lord

This part of Ordinary Time was once called the Sundays after Epiphany, and we can see connections with Epiphany themes in the readings assigned to many of these Sundays.

Planners, therefore, should keep these epiphany themes in mind throughout these weeks; they can tie the weeks together by highlighting those themes in preaching, prayers and musical choices.

Of course, it is not enough just to remember how God’s plan for salvation was revealed in ancient times. That same plan must be carried out today and proclaimed to those who do not yet understand God’s great love for them and God’s desire for unity among all people and harmony throughout creation.

SOURCE: Excerpts taken from the Cycle A Sunday Resources feature series of Celebration, the pastoral and worship planning resource (1972-2019). View the full series. Click on links to read all the content.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)


2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

I will make you a light to the nations. To the ends of the earth

Isaiah 49:3,5-6

  • The first reading from Isaiah is one of a set of songs which portray a “servant of the Lord,” who was commissioned by God to bring salvation and whose suffering would redeem God’s people.
  • In today’s passage the servant is called from the womb and commissioned to bring salvation to the nations.
  • The Evangelists of the New Testament use the figure of the servant to explain the mission of Jesus.

Grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

1st Corinthians 1:1-3

  • The second reading begins Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, which will be read for the next several weeks.
  • Paul describes himself as an Apostle, that is, “one who is sent.”
  • Together Paul and the Corinthians form a people “called,” or ecclesia, which we translate as Church.

Now I have seen for myself

John 1:29-34

  • The Gospel reading is part of a series of testimonies about the identity of Jesus.
  • In today’s reading, John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God and as the Son of God, God’s chosen one.
  • The image of the lamb is rooted in the Passover, the deliverance from Egyptian slavery by God’s saving power, during which the Jews sacrificed a lamb and put the blood on the door to commemorate the blood that saved their firstborn from the tenth plague.

SOURCES: Content adapted from OUR SUNDAY VISITOR  The clipart is from the archive of Father Richard Lonsdale © 2000. The clipart may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.

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