SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
in Christ you make all things new.
Transform the poverty of our nature
by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from
among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what
you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the
assembly when you said: "If I hear the voice of the Lord my
God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die."
Then the Lord replied to me: "They are right in what they
have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among
their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet,
who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does
not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I
myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the
name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word
that I have not commanded the prophet to speak - that prophet
REFRAIN The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the
assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
are the deeds of the Lord! they are studied by all who delight in
work is full of majesty and splendour, and his righteousness
endures for ever. He makes his marvellous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. R
gives food to those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his
has shown his people the power of his works in giving them the
lands of the nations. R
works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; all his
commandments are sure.
stand fast for ever and ever, because they are done in truth and
sent redemption to his people; he commanded his covenant for ever;
holy and awesome is his name.
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; those who act
accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures for
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that
"all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but
love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet
have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by
him. Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know
that "no idol in the world really exists," and that
"there is no God but one." Indeed, even though there may
be so-called gods in heaven or on earth - as in fact there are
many gods and many lords - yet for us there is one God, the
Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one
Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom
we exist. It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge.
Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they
still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and
their conscience, being weak, is defiled. "Food will not
bring us close to God." We are no worse off if we do not eat,
and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of
yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For
if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of
an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be
encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by
your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are
destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family,
and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against
Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will
never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.
1 CORINTHIANS 8:1-13
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered
the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for
he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean
spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus
of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the
Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be
silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit,
convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They
were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What
is this? A new teaching - with authority! He commands even the
unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began
to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of steadfast love,
may our offering this day,
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
renew us for your service.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Source of all goodness,
in this eucharist
we are nourished by the bread of heaven
and invigorated with new wine.
May these gifts renew our lives,
that we may show your glory to all the world,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.