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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time A Lectionary: 64

Reading 1 - IS 49:3, 5-6

The LORD said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, the LORD says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
Responsorial Psalm - PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
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/ (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. I have waited, waited for the LORD, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry. And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God. R/ Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. Sacrifice or offering you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me. Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not; then said I, “Behold I come.” R/ Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. “In the written scroll it is prescribed for me, to do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!” R/ Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. I announced your justice in the vast assembly; I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know. R/ Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Reading 2 - 1 COR 1:1-3

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel - JN 1:29-34

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

FOCUS QUESTIONS - 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME A

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These questions are for reflection and discussion. Please understand that the homily may not address any of these questions directly. God speaks to hearts that are prepared.

1.The Scriptures use “figures” at times to foreshadow events or persons that will happen in the future. How is Isaiah a figure of Christ in the first reading?

2.There are two major events foreshadowed in the first reading: the regathering of all of Israel and salvation reaching to the ends of the earth. Isaiah lived at the end of the Divided Kingdom. The northern kingdom of Israel had already been captured and scattered, and the southern kingdom of Judah was about to fall and be taken into exile. Thus these prophecies directed to Isaiah were not fulfilled in his lifetime. Have they been fulfilled today?

3.Who is speaking in the Psalm? Could it be you? Could it be Christ?

4.Have you ever presented yourself to the Lord as this Psalm does: Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. What do you think would happen if you ever prayed those words and meant it?

5.In the second reading, Paul addresses his letter to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus. Would that be all of us today? Do you think it would make a difference if we thought of ourselves as sanctified in Christ Jesus?

6.Paul also says that those in the Church of Corinth are called to be holy. Are you called to be holy? What does that mean? Do you want to be holy? What do you think it means to be holy?

7.In the Gospel, John identified Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. How would someone familiar with the Old Testament have heard that? (Think of the various ways a lamb or sheep are mentioned in the OT. At that time, animals were being sacrificed on the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem, and the Passover celebration involved taking a lamb into your home, slaughtering it, roasting it, and eating it in a ceremonial meal.)

8.Remember that John had leapt for joy in his mother’s womb when Mary came to visit Elizabeth. How can he now say I did not know him?

9.What did John see that convinced him that Jesus was the Lamb of God? What do you think had happened later when he was in prison and sent messengers to ask Jesus if He was indeed the One? Has that ever happened to you—something you were sure of years earlier become a doubt later? What did you do about it?

10.What has God spoken to you, and what do you intend to do about it?

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