Vol: 44, No.9 2ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) January 15 2017  
All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High! (Ps 65:4)

The words of John the Baptist today challenge and inspire us. God sends us many messengers to call us from darkness to light. As we prepare to listen to John the Baptist’s message of repentance, let us ask the Lord to give us the grace of a true conversion and become aware of our own need for repentance. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Prophet Isaiah looks forward to the coming of a messiah, who will restore harmony and justice).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah   (49:3,5-6)
The Lord said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” And now the Lord says, who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honoured in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength. The Lord says: “it is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (39)
Response: Here I am Lord! I come to do your will.
I waited, I waited for the Lord and he stooped down to me; he heard my cry. He put a new song into my mouth, praise of our God. R/
You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings, but an open ear. You do not ask for holocaust and victim. Instead, here am I. R/
In the scroll of the book it stands written that I should do your will. My God, I delight in your law in the depth of my heart. R/
Your justice I have proclaimed in the great assembly. My lips I have not sealed; you know it, O Lord. R/
(Paul reminds us that the scriptures were written to teach about God’s promises and to sustain our hope).
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