First Reading: Isaiah 49: 3,5-6
Psalm Response: Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-3
Gospel: John 1: 29-34
This Sunday in our Liturgical Year calls us to step further into the cycle of “ordinary time”. We see in each of the readings who we are called to be and how we are called to live as we continue in the weeks of this new year of 2020. God invites each of us to be a shining “light” to reflect the beauty, hope, and healing presence of God in our world today. Just as the Spirit came down upon Jesus like a dove from heaven at his baptism, we too are anointed and called as God’s chosen ones “to be holy” and to make visible in our own time the goodness and loving care of God-with-us – to “restore”, to “raise up”, to “reach out” to those who may feel alone, discouraged, forgotten, or struggling in any way. Let our prayer and response today and all days be: “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will”.
Emmanuel, God-with-us, thank You for the reminder in today’s Scripture readings that we are called and chosen to bring light, hope and kindness into the ordinary times and events of our lives as we live and serve each day. Please give us the light and strength that we need in our own times of darkness or struggle. Become flesh and dwell within and among us each day so that Your saving grace may reach into, touch, and bring healing to all the broken places of our world this year. Amen
Jane McConnell, OSF