Readings: January 15, 2017, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

All readings from the Message Bible © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6

         A Light for the Nations

The Lord said to me, “You’re my dear servant, Israel, through whom I’ll shine.”

“And now,” God says, this God who took me in hand from the moment of birth to be his servant, to bring Jacob back home to him, to set a reunion for Israel— what an honor for me in God’s eyes!

That God should be my strength! He says, “But that’s not a big enough job for my servant—just to recover the tribes of Jacob, merely to round up the strays of Israel.

I’m setting you up as a light for the /nations, so that my salvation becomes global!”

  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah, according to God’s plan, along with my friend Sosthenes. I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth, believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!

May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours.

  • John 1:29-30, 35-49

         The God-Revealer

    John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Behold the Lamb of God! He takes away the sins of the world! I did not know Him. But the reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be made known to Israel! I’m telling you, there’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.”

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. And as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God”. The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi”, where are you staying?”

He said to them, “Come and see.”  So they went and saw where he was staying and they stayed with him that day.

Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.

He found his brother Simon and told him “We have found the Messiah”

Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said  You are Simon son of John. You will be called Peter, which means ‘Rock’.

The next day he decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

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