Cycle (C) 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Neh. 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor. 12:12-30; Lk. 1:1-4, 4:14-21

During the Gospel Reading we heard Jesus proclaiming, his mission.

Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom.

He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, for the recovery of sight of the blind and to let the oppressed go free.

Cycle (C) 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Is. 62:1-5; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; John 2:1-12

Today's Reading from the Gospel of John narrates the wedding at Cana when Jesus performed His first public miracle by changing the water into wine.

 "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine.'”

During the celebration, the wine supply ran out. Mary must have known the bride and groom well and didn’t want anything to bring down the excitement. She felt the need of the family and brought it to the attention of Jesus.

This is a true story that had happened in 1892 at Stanford University. An 18-year-old student and a friend were struggling to pay school fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. His friend and he decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money. They would

Cycle (C) Baptism of the Lord

 Is. 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Lk. 3:15-16, 21-22

Today's First Reading from the Book of Isaiah consisted of a prophecy related to the coming of the promised Messiah. God spoke to His people through the prophet Isaiah. The Lord God told Isaiah to comfort His people. The Reading from the Gospel of Luke describes the Baptism of Jesus. This was the event that marked the official beginning of the Jesus’ ministry on earth as Christ the Redeemer. When Jesus was baptized the 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 Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'" 

The Book of Isaiah contains four “Servant Songs.” This is the first. Isiah spoke about the messiah to come: “I have endowed him