Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6
My God says “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (6)
Prophet Isaiah speaks about Christ Jesus here today, as he describes him in verse 5. Our Lord God sent Jesus not only to gather the tribes of Israel, but also as a light to the end of the earth. We have seen that light. Today, we live in the age, when the Gospel has been proclaimed to every corner of the earth. Accepting Christ is a free choice.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 40: 2, 4, 7-10
Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. (4)
We, the redeemed children of God, must beware of the false gods of this world. Many are being named gods and goddesses these days! We must remain watchful!
Second Reading: First Corinthians 1: 1-3
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2-3)
St. Paul’s greeting brings us strength. “To those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” – these words extend to us beyond the centuries. Unless called by God, no one begins his/her faith journey in Christ. We believe because we have seen the Lord in our hearts.
Gospel: John 1: 29-34
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (29)
St John the Baptist’s testimony was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. In verse 33 he reveals how the Holy Spirit had instructed him about this mystery. Today we may find different ways to testify to Christ. Our priests and shepherds may direct us to see the “Lamb of God”! Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, once we see Him! Let us venerate him in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
The great personalities of the Bible have invited us today; let us gladly accept their call. Amen!