January 22, 2012 Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Account Of What Might Have Happened Just Before Jesus Appeared
FIRST READING: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Once again the LORD told Jonah 2to go to that great city of Nineveh and preach his message of doom.
3Jonah obeyed the LORD and went to Nineveh. The city was so big that it took three days just to walk through it. 4After walking for a day, Jonah warned the people, “Forty days from now, Nineveh will be destroyed!”
5They believed God’s message and set a time when they would go without eating to show their sorrow. Then everyone in the city, no matter who they were, dressed in sackcloth.
10When God saw that the people had stopped doing evil things, he had pity and did not destroy them as he had planned.
5Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.
6God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe,
and he is the fortress where I feel secure.
7God saves me and honors me.
He is that mighty rock where I find safety.
8Trust God, my friends,
and always tell him each one of your concerns.
God is our place of safety.
9We humans are only a breath;
none of us are truly great.
All of us together weigh less than a puff of air.
10Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty
or rely on great wealth.
11I heard God say two things:
“I am powerful, 12and I am very kind.”
The LORD rewards each of us according to what we do.
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
29My friends, what I mean is that the Lord will soon come, and it won’t matter if you are married or not. 30It will be all the same if you are crying or laughing, or if you are buying or are completely broke. 31It won’t make any difference how much good you are getting from this world or how much you like it. This world as we know it is now passing away.
GOSPEL: Mark 1:14-20
14After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and told the good news that comes from God. 15He said, “The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!”
16As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were fishermen and were casting their nets into the lake. 17Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” 18Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him.
19Jesus walked on and soon saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat, mending their nets. 20At once Jesus asked them to come with him. They left their father in the boat with the hired workers and went with him.