Sunday Readings & Homily

Sunday 17 January 2021

Readings followed by Fr John’s Homily for Sunday 17 January 2021 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


First Reading:                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 Samuel 3:3-10,19

A reading from the First Book of Samuel

Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord, where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’  Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’  Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’  He replied, ‘I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down.’ Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

Once again the Lord called, the third time. He got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli then understood that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, and he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord then came and stood by, calling as he had done before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’

Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground.



Responsorial Psalm:                                                                                                                                                                                         Psalm 39(40):2,4,7-10 

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

I waited, I waited for the Lord and he stooped down to me; he heard my cry. He put a new song into my mouth, praise of our God.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings, but an open ear. You do not ask for holocaust and victim. Instead, here am I.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

In the scroll of the book it stands written that I should do your will. My God, I delight in your law in the depth of my heart.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

Your justice I have proclaimed in the great assembly. My lips I have not sealed; you know it, O Lord.

Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will. 


Second Reading:                                                                                                                                                                                 1 Corinthians 6:13-15,17-20

A reading from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

The body is not meant for fornication: it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God, who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too. You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ; do you think I can take parts of Christ’s body and join them to the body of a prostitute? Never! But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

Keep away from fornication. All the other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.



Gospel Acclamation:                                                                                                                                                                       1S 3:9,John 6:68

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!


Gospel:                                                                                                         John 1:35-42 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.

One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.




Fr John’s Homily for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

At the beginning of each year the Lectionary give us a reading from St. John’s Gospel before we proceed through the designated Gospel of the year (which this year is Mark).

The first words of Jesus reported in the Gospel are “What do you want?” These words sum up the whole human searching experience of life. Jesus asks this question of each and every one of us. What do you want? Do you remember what I said last week, that we should never underestimate the human spirit’s search for God? The two disciples in today’s Gospel answer Jesus by saying “Where do you live?” And Jesus answers them by saying “Come and see.” The disciples spend the rest of the day with Jesus

In John’s Gospel faith comes through a personal encounter with Jesus, in other words, spending time in prayer. Christianity is not just about giving our assent to a set of truths or a moral code but an encounter with Jesus. When Andrew has found Jesus he can’t wait to go and tell his brother, Peter, “We have found the Messiah.” This is how Evangelisation works it is primarily introducing others to this person whom one has met and spent time with.

It sounds simple – and it is, but we have to make the journey ourselves, just like the two disciples in the Gospel; spend time with him ask him questions, talk to him listen to him – like Samuel in the first reading, “Speak Lord your servant is listening”.

This year we are encouraged by our bishops to make it a year dedicated to reading the scriptures they have given us a title for it “The God Who Speaks”. When we read the Bible it is God speaking to us – shall we try to be more faithful to it this year?

Fr John