January 23, 2011
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
FIRST READING: Isaiah 9:1-4
But those who have suffered will no longer be in pain. The territories of Zebulun and Naphtali in Galilee were once hated. But this land of the Gentiles across the Jordan River and along the Mediterranean Sea will be greatly respected.
2Those who walked in the dark have seen a bright light.
And it shines upon everyone who lives in the land
of darkest shadows.
3Our LORD, you have made your nation stronger.
Because of you, its people are glad and celebrate
like workers at harvest time
or like soldiers dividing up what they have taken.
4You have broken the power of those who abused
and enslaved your people.
You have rescued them just as you saved your people
PSALMODY: Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1You, LORD, are the light that keeps me safe.
I am not afraid of anyone.
You protect me, and I have no fears.
4I ask only one thing, LORD:
Let me live in your house every day of my life
to see how wonderful you are
and to pray in your temple.
5In times of trouble, you will protect me.
You will hide me in your tent
and keep me safe on top of a mighty rock.
6You will let me defeat all of my enemies.
Then I will celebrate, as I enter your tent
with animal sacrifices and songs of praise.
7Please listen when I pray!
Have pity. Answer my prayer.
8My heart tells me to pray.
I am eager to see your face,
9so don’t hide from me.
I am your servant, and you have helped me.
Don’t turn from me in anger.
You alone keep me safe. Don’t reject or desert me.
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
10My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don’t take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. 11Several people from Chloe’s family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. 12They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ.
13Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? 14I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. 16I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. 17Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the good news without using big words that would make the cross of Christ lose its power.
18The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work.
GOSPEL: Matthew 4:12-23
12When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went to Galilee. 13But instead of staying in Nazareth, Jesus moved to Capernaum. This town was beside Lake Galilee in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said,
15“Listen, lands of Zebulun and Naphtali,
lands along the road to the sea
and east of the Jordan!
Listen Galilee, land of the Gentiles!
16Although your people live in darkness,
they will see a bright light.
Although they live in the shadow of death,
a light will shine on them.”
17Then Jesus started preaching, “Turn back to God! The kingdom of heaven will soon be here.”
18While Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers. One was Simon, also known as Peter, and the other was Andrew. They were fishermen, and they were casting their net into the lake. 19Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” 20Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him.
21Jesus walked on until he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus asked them to come with him too. 22Right away they left the boat and their father and went with Jesus.
23Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the Jewish meeting places and preaching the good news about God’s kingdom. He also healed every kind of disease and sickness.
From Contemporary English Version © 1995, American Bible Society