Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 96:1.6
O sing a new song to the LORD; sing to the LORD, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendor, strength and honour in his holy place.
Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord…
A reading from the Book of Isaiah 9:1-4
Theme: In Galilee of the nations, the people have seen a great light.
In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of this burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 27:1.4. 13-14 (R. 1a)
- The Lord is my light and my salvation.
- The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; whom should I dread? R.
- There is one thing I ask of the Lord, only this do I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord, to inquire at his temple. R.
- I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord! R
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 1:10-13. 17
Theme: “I appeal to you, brethren, that there be no dissension among you.”
I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chole’s people that there is quarrelling amongst you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Appollos, “or “I belong to Cephas,” or: I belong to Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized but to preach the Gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
The word of the Lord.
Alleluia. R. Alleluia Cf. Matthew 4: 23
Jesus was preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every infirmity among the people. Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 4:12-23
Theme: “He went to Capernaum, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled.”
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulum and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, towards the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Accept our offerings, O Lord, we pray, and in sanctifying them grant that they may profit us for salvation. Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON CF. PS. 34:6
Look towards the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, receiving the grace by which you bring us to new life, we may always glory in your gift. Through Christ our Lord.