Word for the Weekend - January 16

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Look! There is the lamb of God!

The Christmas cycle is complete and this coming weekend finds us at the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. (Are you looking for the First Sunday in Ordinary Time?  Try here.)

Although we've been in the Year of Matthew since Advent began, this week's gospel comes from John (as is the case on this Second Sunday in all three years of the lectionary).  These "Second Sunday gospels" continue to focus on manifestations of Jesus as the Christ and thus the change of seasons is softened.

The first lesson this weekend is from Isaiah, from his "servant songs" which Christians have long understood in terms of Christ the Servant.  The second lesson introduces seven weeks of readings from 1 Corinthians.  This week's brief (one sentence!) passage is the opening salutation from this letter.

For the texts of this Sunday's scriptures and commentary on them, visit the great resource to which we turn every week, the St. Louis University Sunday Liturgy site.  Young ones coming to pray with you this Sunday?  Check the always-helpful Sadlier site for hints on helping children prepare to hear the Word.

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