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January 7, 2019

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Memorial of Saint Raymond of Penyafort, priest.

The reading from the First Letter of John explains that if we love God, we must follow his commandments. We belong to God, who is greater than anything or anyone else in the world. Today’s Gospel from Saint Matthew describes Jesus’ early ministry as he went throughout Galilee proclaiming the Gospel, as well as healing those with disease and illness.

Jesus Christ is the hope of the world.

Everyone who acknowledges Jesus Christ as God in the flesh belongs to God. We learn to know God by receiving the Eucharist and following his word. He commands us to love one another. God also gives us the wisdom to discern the Spirits which are of the world as well as the Spirit of God. Let us pray for our Holy mother Church, may she increase in grace and holiness. Amen.

Monday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 212

Reading 1 1 Jn 3:22–4:6

Beloved:
We receive from him whatever we ask,
because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
and the way we know that he remains in us
is from the Spirit whom he gave us.

Beloved, do not trust every spirit
but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,
because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you can know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh
belongs to God,
and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus
does not belong to God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist
who, as you heard, is to come,
but in fact is already in the world.
You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them,
for the one who is in you
is greater than the one who is in the world.
They belong to the world;
accordingly, their teaching belongs to the world,
and the world listens to them.
We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us,
while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us.
This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a

  1. (8ab)  I will give you all the nations for an inheritance.
    The LORD said to me, “ou are my Son;
    this day I have begotten you.
    Ask of me and I will give you
    the nations for an inheritance
    and the ends of the earth for your possession.”
    R. I will give you all the nations for an inheritance.
    And now, O kings, give heed;
    take warning, you rulers of the earth.
    Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
    with trembling rejoice.
    R. I will give you all the nations for an inheritance.

Alleluia See Mt 4:23

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 4:12-17, 23-25

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
might be fulfilled:

Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness
have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

He went around all of Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people.
His fame spread to all of Syria,
and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases
and racked with pain,
those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics,
and he cured them.
And great crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea,
and from beyond the Jordan followed him.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Raymond of Penyafort, please go here.

 

January 8, 2019

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In the first reading, Saint John reminds us that we are to love one another, because love is of God. In the Gospel, Jesus fed the five thousand through the multiplication of five loaves and two fish.

The fullness of God’s love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ

We are reminded throughout Scriptures that if we love God, we must also love one another. God loves us with a depth beyond our comprehension, and her demonstrates this love in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus, who died for our sins, giving us new life through him. This sacrificial love is the model for all Christian living.  Let us pray for all leaders of nations, that God may guide them in just and prudential decision-making. Amen.

Tuesday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 213

Reading 1 1 Jn 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only-begotten Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8

  1. (see 11)  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    The mountains shall yield peace for the people,
    and the hills justice.
    He shall defend the afflicted among the people,
    save the children of the poor.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    Justice shall flower in his days,
    and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
    May he rule from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Alleluia Lk 4:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
    and to proclaim liberty to captives.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:34-44

When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already very late.
Dismiss them so that they can go
to the surrounding farms and villages
and buy themselves something to eat.”
He said to them in reply,
“Give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food
and give it to them to eat?”
He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?  Go and see.”
And when they had found out they said,
“Five loaves and two fish.”
So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass.
The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties.
Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples
to set before the people;
he also divided the two fish among them all.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments
and what was left of the fish.
Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.

 

January 9 2019

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In he first reading, John reflects on the meaning of divine love as revealed through the saving work of Jesus, a love ine which we must participate. In the Gospel, Jesus walks on water out to the boat in which his disciples are rowing, telling them not to be afraid for it is he, not a ghost they are seeing.

The Lord reveals himself to us in our daily lives.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reveals himself as Lord by calming the waters and the disciple’ fears. But his disciples don’t understand what they have witnessed. Their reaction challenges us to examine our own response to the ways Jesus continues to reveal himself as Lord today – do we understand what we witness? Let us pray for the ill and their caregivers, may they be comforted by the knowledge of the Lord’s abiding presence. Amen.

Wednesday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 214

Reading 1 1 Jn 4:11-18

Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
that he has given us of his Spirit.
Moreover, we have seen and testify
that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God remains in him and he in God.
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
In this is love brought to perfection among us,
that we have confidence on the day of judgment
because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13

  1. (see 11)  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
    the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
    and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
    He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
    the lives of the poor he shall save.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Alleluia See 1 Tm 3:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Glory to you, O Christ, proclaimed to the Gentiles.
    Glory to you, O Christ, believed in throughout the world.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:45-52

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied,
Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd.
And when he had taken leave of them,
he went off to the mountain to pray.
When it was evening,
the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing,
for the wind was against them.
About the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
He meant to pass by them.
But when they saw him walking on the sea,
they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
They had all seen him and were terrified.
But at once he spoke with them,
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.
They were completely astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves.
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

 

January 10 2019

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In the first reading, John reminds us how God loves us and commands us to conquer the world with the same love. We follow that commandment and show our love for God by loving our brothers and sisters. In the Gospel, Jesus goes to Synagogue and reads from the book of Isaiah, which prophesied his coming. At the end of the passage, he proclaims, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.

Jesus fulfills God’s commandment of love.

God’s commandment of love has no caveats or exceptions. It demands that we live up to it by loving our brothers and sisters. Jesus makes that commandment a reality by his incarnation, and his death and resurrection. He calls us to imitate his example by live a life of love. Let us pray for those in need of family stability, especially children in the foster care system, may the Lord give them strength and open door to loving homes for them. Amen.

Thursday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 215

Reading 1 1 Jn 4:19–5:4

Beloved, we love God because
he first loved us.
If anyone says, “I love God,”
but hates his brother, he is a liar;
for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
cannot love God whom he has not seen.
This is the commandment we have from him:
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17

  1. (see 11)  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    From fraud and violence he shall redeem them,
    and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
    May they be prayed for continually;
    day by day shall they bless him.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    May his name be blessed forever;
    as long as the sun his name shall remain.
    In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
    all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Alleluia Lk 4:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
    and to proclaim liberty to captives.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 4:14-22

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
and news of him spread throughout the whole region.
He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.

 

January 11, 2019

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In the first reading, John testifies to eternal life through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  In the Gospel, Jesus heals a leper and despite his instructions to keep things quiet, the news of he miracles spreads and crowds gather to hear him and to be cured. In response, Jesus would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

Jesus’ healing actions are complemented by his time in prayer.

Today we continue our Christmas celebration by reflection on Jesus, the victor over the world, and how his prayer life fed his ministry. As the Son of God, his relationship with the Father is perfect, and Jesus nourishes that by attending to it in prayer and in completing healing actions of his ministry. With the healing of the leper, Jesus witnesses to us the importance of bother tending to those at the outskirts of society, and attending to our relationship with the Father. Let us pray for all who minister in the name of the Christ, may the Spirit of wisdom and truth give them strength to lead, teach and  heal. Amen.

Friday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 216

Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13

Beloved:
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and Blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three who testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the Blood,
and the three are of one accord.
If we accept human testimony,
the testimony of God is surely greater.
Now the testimony of God is this,
that he has testified on behalf of his Son.
Whoever believes in the Son of God
has this testimony within himself.
Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar
by not believing the testimony God has given about his Son.
And this is the testimony:
God gave us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
Whoever possesses the Son has life;
whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you so that you may know
that you have eternal life,
you who believe in the name of the Son of God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

  1. (12a)  Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
    praise your God, O Zion.
    For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
    he has blessed your children within you.
    R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He has granted peace in your borders;
    with the best of wheat he fills you.
    He sends forth his command to the earth;
    swiftly runs his word!
    R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
    his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
    He has not done thus for any other nation;
    his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.
    R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Mt 4:23

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 5:12-16

It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was;
and when he saw Jesus,
he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said,
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
“I do will it.  Be made clean.”
And the leprosy left him immediately.
Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but
“Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing
what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
The report about him spread all the more,
and great crowds assembled to listen to him
and to be cured of their ailments,
but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

 

January 12, 2019

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Saint John the Evangelist concludes his letter by reminding readers of the importance of prayer, and drawing a firm distinction between the children of God and those under the influence of the devil. In the Gospel, John the Baptist restates that he is the herald of the Messiah, not the Messiah himself. He says that he rejoices at the bridegroom’s arrival.

Through our prayer and joy, others may come to believe Jesus.

As Christians, we belong to God who protects us from the evil one. Through prayer and sharing the Gospel, others may also come to know that Jesus is Lord, remembering that faith is a gift God. Like John the Baptist, we should be joyful regarding Jesus and others coming to know him. Let us pray for all those who are discouraged, may they experience consolation in the saving work of Jesus. Amen.

Saturday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 217

Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21

Beloved:
We have this confidence in him
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,
we know that what we have asked him for is ours.
If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,
he should pray to God and he will give him life.
This is only for those whose sin is not deadly.
There is such a thing as deadly sin,
about which I do not say that you should pray.
All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.

We know that anyone begotten by God does not sin;
but the one begotten by God he protects,
and the Evil One cannot touch him.
We know that we belong to God,
and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One.
We also know that the Son of God has come
and has given us discernment to know the one who is true.
And we are in the one who is true,
in his Son Jesus Christ.
He is the true God and eternal life.
Children, be on your guard against idols.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b

  1. (see 4a)  The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song
    of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
    Let Israel be glad in their maker,
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
    let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
    For the LORD loves his people,
    and he adorns the lowly with victory.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the faithful exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy upon their couches;
    Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
    This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R.  Alleluia.

Alleluia Mt 4:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
    on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
    light has arisen.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 3:22-30

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea,
where he spent some time with them baptizing.
John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim,
because there was an abundance of water there,
and people came to be baptized,
for John had not yet been imprisoned.
Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew
about ceremonial washings.
So they came to John and said to him,
“Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan,
to whom you testified,
here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.”
John answered and said,
“No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ,
but that I was sent before him.
The one who has the bride is the bridegroom;
the best man, who stands and listens for him,
rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.
So this joy of mine has been made complete.
He must increase; I must decrease.”

 

January 13, 2019

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Isaiah prophesies the Lord bringing peace and victory to Israel, and foretells the ministry of John the Baptist. Paul’s letter to Titus reminds his listeners of the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In Luke’s Gospel, John the Baptist denies being the Messiah, and at the Baptism of Jesus, the Spirit appears in the shape of a dove. Go the Father’s voice is heard proclaiming Jesus as his beloved Son.

God’s saving grace is found in Jesus Christ.

It can be easy to forget the tremendous blessings we enjoy because of God’s love for us – perhaps even taking them for granted. It is good to spend time with Scripture, and at Mass, thanking God for his never-ending love. We are reminded in word and sacrament God’s saving grace is found in Jesus Christ. Let us pray for Church that she may grow in holiness and grace through the work of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Baptism of the Lord
Lectionary: 21

Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7

Thus says the LORD:
Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
a bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

or Is  40:1-5, 9-11

Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.

A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
the rugged land shall be made a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.

Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Go up on to a high mountain,
Zion, herald of glad tidings;
cry out at the top of your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of good news!
Fear not to cry out
and say to the cities of Judah:
Here is your God!
Here comes with power
the Lord GOD,
who rules by a strong arm;
here is his reward with him,
his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10.

  1. (11b)  The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
    give to the LORD glory and praise,
    Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
    adore the LORD in holy attire.
    R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
    the LORD, over vast waters.
    The voice of the LORD is mighty;
    the voice of the LORD is majestic.
    R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    The God of glory thunders,
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
    The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
    the LORD is enthroned as king forever.
    R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

or Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30

  1. (1)  O bless the Lord, my soul.
    O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
    you are clothed with majesty and glory,
    robed in light as with a cloak.
    You have spread out the heavens like a tent-cloth;
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    You have constructed your palace upon the waters.
    You make the clouds your chariot;
    you travel on the wings of the wind.
    You make the winds your messengers,
    and flaming fire your ministers.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    How manifold are your works, O LORD!
    In wisdom you have wrought them all–
    the earth is full of your creatures;
    the sea also, great and wide,
    in which are schools without number
    of living things both small and great.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    They look to you to give them food in due time.
    When you give it to them, they gather it;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    If you take away their breath, they perish and return to the dust.
    When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the earth.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.

Reading 2 Acts 10:34-38

Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
in the house of Cornelius, saying:
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the Israelites
as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,
what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.”

or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7

Beloved:
The grace of God has appeared, saving all
and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires
and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,
as we await the blessed hope,
the appearance of the glory of our great God
and savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness
and to cleanse for himself a people as his own,
eager to do what is good.

When the kindness and generous love
of God our savior appeared,
not because of any righteous deeds we had done
but because of his mercy,
He saved us through the bath of rebirth
and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
whom he richly poured out on us
through Jesus Christ our savior,
so that we might be justified by his grace
and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Alleluia Cf. Mk 9:7

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
    This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Or  Cf. Lk 3:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    John said: One mightier than I is coming;
    he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”