Headings for readings


Feast of the Baptism of Jesus

First Reading: (Is 40:1-5.9-11). The people are urged to prepare a way for the Lord who is coming to save them.

Second Reading: (Tit 2:11-14.3:4-7). God’s grace and love are manifested in Jesus Christ. .

Gospel: (Lk 3:15-16.21-22). We hear a small sample of the preaching of John the Baptist, and are given a brief account of the baptism of Jesus.

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: (Is 62:1-5). We hear of a new wedding feast between God and his people.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 12:4-11). Though there are many spiritual gifts, they all come from the same Spirit, and should be used for building up the community.

Gospel: An 2:1-12). Jesus fulfils the prophecy of Isaiah. The changing of water into wine is a symbol of the old order yielding to the new.

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: (Nehemiah 8:2-6.8-10). After the Jews returned from exile in Babylon, Ezra sought to re-establish the Jewish religion. Here he reads the book of the law of Moses to the people.

Second Reading: (I Cor 12:12-30). Just as the human body is one though made up of many parts, so the Church, though composed of different members with different gifts, forms a unity in Christ.

Gospel: (Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21). God’s promises are fulfilled in Jesus, the long- awaited Saviour of the poor and the oppressed.

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: (Jer 1:4-5.17-19). This reading tells of the call and commission of the prophet Jeremiah.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 12:31-13:13). Paul stresses the primacy of love in the life of a Christian.

Gospel: (Lk 4:21-30). Jesus shared the fate of every true prophet: rejection by his own people.

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: (Is 6:1-8). We hear of the call of Isaiah to the ministry of prophecy.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 15:1-11). Paul energetically defends the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead.

Gospel: (Lk 5:1-11). This tells the story of a miraculous catch of fish and the call of Peter to share in the work of Christ.