JANUARY 9 Mon  Baptism Feast Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Acts 10:34-38/Mt 3:13-17 

10 Tue Weekday (First Week in Ordinary Time) Heb 2:5-12/Mk 1:21-28 

or Heb 1:1-6  and 2:5-12 /Mk 1:14-20 and 1:21-28 

11 Wed Weekday Heb 2:14-18/Mk 1:29-39

12 Thu Weekday Heb 3:7-14/Mk 1:40-45 

13 Fri Weekday [St Hilary, Bishop Doctor] Heb 4:1-5, 11/Mk 2:1-12 

14 Sat Weekday [BVM] Heb 4:12-16/Mk 2:13-17 

15 SUN  2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Is 49:3, 5-6/1 Cor 1:1-3/Jn 1:29-34 

The feasts of the Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus are joined together this year. I explain the importance of their connection in my blog for tomorrow. 

From the Mass on Tuesday which begins Ordinary Time, we will be reading from the first 8 chapters of the Gospel of Mark until Ash Wednesday. 

This year we’re reading from the Letter to the Hebrews for the next three weeks. I usually follow the readings on the website of the US Bishops, http://www.usccb.org, mainly because I can find the scriptural commentary on the New American Bible easily there. One thing I notice, looking over the readings from Hebrews in the Masses this week, is how well the responsorial psalm summarizes the first readings. 

On Friday, we’re celebrating the Feast of St. Hilary of Potiers. I find him an interesting saint because he came from a background that didn’t seem to prepare someone for the faith very well.

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