SUNDAY MASS READINGS

Sunday 24th January 2021 : 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING   

 

A reading from the prophet Jonah    3:1-5. 10

The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to’. Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed’. And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

 

Responsorial Psalm    Ps  24:4-9
Response    Lord, make me know your ways.

 

Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.   
(R)

 

Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.   
(R)

 

The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.   
(R)

 

 

SECOND READING  

 

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians    7:29-31

Brothers: our time is growing short.

Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it.

I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

Gospel Acclamation    1 Sam 3:9


Alleluia, alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand;
believe the good news.
Alleluia!

 

 

GOSPEL  

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark    1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ 

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen.

And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men’.

And at once they left their nets and followed him.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.