Saturday: Preparation for the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Writings: 2 Chronicles 36:11-21

Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign; he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God. He did not humble himself before the prophet Jeremiah who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God; he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord, the God of Israel. All the leading priests and the people also were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations; and they polluted the house of the Lord that he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place; but they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words, and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord against his people became so great that there was no remedy.

Therefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their youths with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or young woman, the aged or the feeble; he gave them all into his hand. All the vessels of the house of God, large and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his officials, all these he brought to Babylon. They burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious vessels. He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had made up for its sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

Psalm 71:1-6

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
 let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
 incline your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge,
 a strong fortress, to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
 from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
 my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
 it was you who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: John 1:43-51


The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Year C Epiphany 4 Saturday

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Tuesday: Reflection on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary Amos 9:1-4 The destruction of Israel

Semi-continuous 2 Samuel 3:12-16 David claims Saul’s daughter Michal as his wife.

Both Acts 23:12-35 The plot to kill Paul

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Monday: Reflection on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary Amos 5:1-9 Lament for Israel’s sin

Semi-continuous 2 Samuel 6:6-12a David takes the Ark to the home of Obed-edom after God breaks out against Uzzah.

Both Acts 21:27-39 Paul is arrested.

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Friday: Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary Lamentations 2:1-12 God destroys without pity.

Semi-continuous 1 Samuel 20:1-25 Jonathan makes a pact with David to find out if Saul intends to murder David.

Both 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 Paul encourages the Corinthians to be as generous as the Macedonians have been.

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Friday: Preparation for the Thirty-first in Ordinary Time

Friday: Preparation for the Thirty-first in Ordinary Time

Complementary: Ezekiel 13:1-16 Mortal, prophesy against the prophets of Israel; They say “Says the Lord” when the Lord has not sent them. The prophets who saws visions of peace when there was no peace will be destroyed.

Semi-continuous: Joshua 2:1-14 Then Joshua sent to spies to Jericho. Rahab the prostitute hid them, and got them to promise to save her and her family when they came to take Jericho.

Both: 2 Peter 2:1-3 There will be false prophets among you; because of them the way of truth will be maligned. Their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

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Wednesday: Reflection on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday: Reflection on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary: Proverbs 16:1-20 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Semi-continuous: Deuteronomy 26:16-27:7 Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged all the people: Keep the commandment I am commanding to you today.

Both: Matthew 19:16-22 Someone asked Jesus, “What good deed must I do to earn eternal life?’ Jesus answered, “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. If you wish to be perfect, go sell your possessions, give the money to the poor, and follow me.”

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Tuesday: Reflection on the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday: Reflection on the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary: Amos 9:5-15 I will restore the fortunes of my people, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine.

Semi-continuous: Exodus 33:1-6 God said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go among you, I would consume you.’”

Both: Philippians 3:13-4:1 Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Thursday: Preparation for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thursday: Preparation for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary: Isaiah 22:1-8a An oracle concerning the valley of vision. Your rulers have all fled together. All of you who were found were captured. (Oracle means a divine utterance given to a man.)

Semi-continuous: Exodus 24:1-8 Moses wrote down the words of the Lord and told them to the people. They said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”

Both: 1 Peter 5:1-5, 12-14 All of you must clothe yourselves in humility in your dealings with one another.

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