Sacred Liturgy: Liturgy of the Word

 First Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all people shall see it.

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11

            Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins.

            A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the  mouth of hte Lord has spoken.

             Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of goods news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord God, who rules by a strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a sheperd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.  . 


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 104: 1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30

R/. "O bless the Lord, my soul." 

O Lord, my God, you are great indeed!

            You are clothed with majesty ang glory,

robed in light as with a cloak
         You have apread out the heavens like a tent-cloth;
R/. "O bless the Lord, my soul."


You have constructed your palace upon the waters.

            You made the clouds your chariot;

you travel on the wings your messengers,
            and flaming fire your ministers.

R/. "O bless the Lord, my soul." 


How manifold are your works, O Lord!

            In wisdom you have wrought them all--
            the earth is full of your creatures;

The sea also, great and wide,
           in which are schools without number
           of living things both small and great.

R/. "O bless the Lord, my soul."  

They look to you to give them food in due time.
When you give it to them, they gather it;
           when you open your hand,
             they are filled with good things.
R/. "O bless the Lord, my soul."

If you take away their breath
           they perish and return to the dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
           and you renew the face of the earth.
R/. "O bless the Lord, my soul."  

Second Reading
Jesus Christ saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit

A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to Titus 2: 11-14; 3: 4-7

            Beloved: The grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearence of the glory of our great God and savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.

            When the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he richly poured ou on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.


When Jesus had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22

            The people were filled wih expectation, and all asking in theirs hearts whether John be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, :I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

            After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."


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