A Note on Today’s Readings | Second Sunday after the Epiphany—Year B

Welcome to St. Gabriel’s Parish.

On the Sundays after Epiphany, the scriptures explore some of the ways in which Jesus was shown to be God’s Son. Today we focus on the beginning of his ministry when he called his disciples. In the passage before today’s reading he called Andrew who went and brought his brother Peter. Today he calls Phillip who brings Nathanael.

The first reading is the account of the call of Samuel, the first great prophet of the Hebrew Scriptures after Moses. In the calls of both Nathanael and Samuel, the person called is not at first impresses by the call.

In the second reading, a problem with sexual misbehavior in the church of Corinth is dealt with by Paul first reminding his readers that they are newborn people by Baptism. How they use their lives, including their bodies, must be in the context of their having been washed, sanctified, and justified in Christ and the Holy Spirit.

As we gather in Eucharist, our new life in Christ is manifested in our response: “Speak, Lord, your servant hears”, and in following him who calls us into the lives of faith and ministry in his name.

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day let us continue to follow him with justice, peace, truth and integrity.


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