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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

16 January 2022

First reading

Isaiah 62:1–5
The bridegroom rejoices in his bride.

Responsorial psalm

Psalm 95(96):1–3, 7–10
R. Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations.

Second reading

1 Corinthians 12:4–11
The Spirit distributes gifts to different people just as he chooses.

Gospel acclamation

cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:14
God has called us with the gospel to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


John 2:1–11
‘My hour has not come yet’—’Do whatever he tells you.’

Images from the Word

  • Wedding
  • Turned into wine
  • Disciples believed
  • New name
  • Variety of gifts

Liturgical notes

The compilers of the Lectionary intentionally rejected the idea of assigning a ‘theme’ to each Sunday of the year and choosing readings accordingly: ‘Such an arrangement would be in conflict with the genuine conception of liturgical celebration, which is always the celebration of the mystery of Christ and which by its own tradition makes use of the word of God not only at the prompting of logical or extrinsic concerns but spurred by the desire to proclaim the Gospel and to lead those who believe to the fullness of truth.’

Homiletic Directory, §140

As we begin today our Lectionary of Ordinary Time, it is important to note that each Sunday of the year celebrates the paschal mystery of Christ—the year is not parcelled up into themes about Christ but is centred on the fullness of Christ present in this celebration.

‘We have come to know and to believe in the love that God has for us.’

—communion antiphon

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