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January 20, 2018
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Jonah 3:1-5, 10

They believed in God and proclaimed a fast.

  • The story told in the Book of Jonah illustrates the power of God’s mercy and the possibility of conversion for all people.
  • Jonah had trouble believing that God wanted him to preach to the people of Nineveh because they were Gentiles.
  • After Jonah is rescued from the belly of a great fish, he preaches God's message of repentance to the people of Nineveh and they respond fully.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

The time is short.

  • Early in his ministry, Paul expected the second coming of Jesus at any moment.
  • Paul points out in today's reading that happiness and security can not be found in material things.
  • All other things are subordinate to life in Jesus.

Gospel : Mark 1:14-20

Come, follow me.

  • Mark's Gospel reveals Jesus to be the fulfillment of the promised Messiah.
  • Jesus is the Good News.
  • In today's passage, the first disciples respond immediately to Jesus call to have faith in the good news.