Sunday, January 31, 2021
The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B invite us to recognize Jesus and grant him authority in our lives. In the first reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20), Moses foretells the coming of a mighty prophet. The psalm (Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9) entreats us “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” The second reading (1 Corinthians 7:32-35) tells us to avoid distractions which keep us from following Jesus. The Gospel (Mark 1:21-28) tells how the people were amazed by the way Jesus taught with authority.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert.Psalm 95:7-8
So possible themes for this Sunday are conversion and magesterium. Here are some ideas.