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Readings for January 20th                                                    2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

We work to become intimate with God by studying His Word

Prayer of Abandonment & Epiclesis: Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.  Whatever you may do, I thank you.  I am ready for all, I accept all.  Let only your will be done in me, I wish no more than this, O Lord.  Into your hands I commend my life; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence. For you are my Father.  Lord Jesus, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, that I may grow in the knowledge of Your great love and truth.  Help me to seek You earnestly in prayer and fasting that I may turn away from sin and willfulness and conform my life more fully to Your will.  May I always find joy in knowing, loving, and serving You. Amen

Isaiah 62:1-5: For Zion's sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you "Forsaken, " or your land "Desolate, " but you shall be called "My Delight, " and your land "Espoused." For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.

Responsorial Psalm 96:

R. (3) Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations;
 among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and praise;
 give to the LORD the glory due his name!
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Worship the LORD in holy attire. Tremble before him, all the earth;
Say among the nations: The LORD is king. He governs the peoples with equity.
R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11: Brothers and sisters: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another, the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another, faith by the same Spirit; to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another, mighty deeds; to another, prophecy; to another, discernment of spirits; to another, varieties of tongues; to another, interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

John 2:1-11: There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from — although the servers who had drawn the water knew —, the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Our Faith in Christ

Jesus . . . revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. (John 2:11)

Jesus’ first miracle was impressive: he turned water into wine. Because it happened at a marriage celebration, you might consider this a special wedding gift for the happy couple. But it was also a miracle performed so that his disciples would see his glory and “believe in him” (John 2:11).

John tells us that this was the first sign that Jesus performed. Then he goes on to recount six more signs, each of which is meant to deepen his disciples’ faith—and ours as well. Each sign tells us that when we place our faith in him, he sets us on a path of renewal. He takes our plain, everyday “water” and turns it into choice “wine.”

What do the other signs tell us? That Jesus’ words have the power to heal us (John 4:46-54; 5:1-9). That he wants to feed us with his Living Bread and calm the storms and anxieties in our hearts (6:1-21). That he wants to open our eyes to see him as the Lord who loves us (9:1-7, 35-39). And that he wants to raise us from our “tombs” of sin and doubt and unbelief (11:1-44).

All of these stories point to God’s work of restoring and renewing what is lacking. They tell us that God wants to restore in us the joy of worship and to become for us the source of all blessing.

When you hear this passage proclaimed at Mass today, think about the ways in which you need to be renewed. Maybe Jesus wants to renew your zeal for him or your love for your spouse or your desire to pray. Believe that God is always at work in you, bringing back to life what has been languishing. Just as he did at Cana, he wants to supply you with the choicest of wines. And in the process, he wants to show you his glory.

“Thank you, Jesus, for renewing me. Lord, help me to see your glory so that I can believe in you more deeply

In the First Reading, the prophet Isaiah offers words of hope to the people of Israel, and he tells them that God “delights” and “rejoices” in them: You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you "Forsaken, " or your land "Desolate, " but you shall be called "My Delight, " and your land "Espoused." For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.”

  • How would you describe how God has fulfilled the words above for the people of Israel?
  • In what ways do these words apply to us as Christians? How do they personally apply to you?
  • In the reading, God’s joy is compared with the joy of a bridegroom for his bride.  In what ways does your life reflect a joy in what God has done for you? What steps can you take to increase your “joy in the Lord”?


In the Responsorial Psalm, we are called to Announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds and to Say among the nations: The LORD is king. 

  • In what ways do you see these words as a call for you to “announce” God’s salvation and “tell” others of his “glory” and “wondrous deeds”?
  • What specific opportunities are available to you this year in your church, at work, in the community, or at home to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to others? How can you respond to these opportunities?


In the Second Reading, St. Paul speaks of the spiritual gifts we have received from God: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord;. . .  To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. Paul goes on to describe what these individual gifts include. The reading ends with these words: But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

  • Do you believe that the spiritual gifts listed in the Second Reading are still available today? What gifts have been made manifest in your own life?
  • How do you know what spiritual gifts God has given you?  What steps can you take to gain a greater understanding of these gifts? And then, once you are aware of them, what will you do with them?


 In the Gospel Reading, after Mary speaks to Jesus about the lack of wine at the wedding in Cana, she speaks these words to the wine servers: “Do whatever he tells you.”  The reading goes on to describe Jesus’ first miracle, the changing of water into wine, and ends with these words: Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

  • Why are Mary’s words to the wine servers an example of Mary’s great faith?
  • How has your own faith been built up, as God touches you and speaks to you through your prayer and scripture reading and through the sacraments, especially the Eucharist?
  • Have you ever experienced a time when you sensed God was speaking a specific word to you in your heart? How did you respond and what was its impact on your life?  Do you believe God is asking something of you now?



The meditation is a reflection on the Gospel Reading, including these words: Jesus . . . revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him (John 2:11). The meditation ends with these words: When you hear this passage proclaimed at Mass today, think about the ways in which you need to be renewed. Maybe Jesus wants to renew your zeal for him or your love for your spouse or your desire to pray. Believe that God is always at work in you, bringing back to life what has been languishing. Just as he did at Cana, he wants to supply you with the choicest of wines. And in the process, he wants to show you his glory.

  • The ending words of the meditation speaks of some specific ways we may need to be renewed by the Lord? Which ones apply to you?
  • What other areas of your life would you like to see the Lord supply you with the choicest of wines and show you his glory? In other words, how would you like to see the Lord prosper you and your family?