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January 2025: Mass Readings and Resources

January 2025 is Year C in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for January 2025 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in January 2025

Mary Mother of God
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Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

Wednesday January 1, 2025

The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God celebrates Mary's significant role as the mother of Jesus. The readings emphasize the blessing of peace, the divine plan of salvation through Mary, and Mary's contemplative reflection on the events surrounding Jesus' birth. Key themes include Mary as our mother, the challenges and joys of parenthood, and our identity as children of God.

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord
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The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Sunday January 5, 2025


The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord commemorates the revelation of Jesus Christ to all people. The readings depict the journey of the Magi who followed a star to worship the newborn King. Key themes include seeking closeness to God, embracing diversity, and recognizing the guiding signs in our lives.

Baptism of the Lord Year C
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Baptism of The Lord

Sunday January 12, 2025

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Year C celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as God's beloved Son and the effects of the Holy Spirit. The readings highlight Jesus' mission as the chosen servant and emphasize the significance of baptism. Key themes include recognizing ourselves as beloved by God, the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, and reflecting on the meaning of baptism in our lives.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Resources for Year c
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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday January 19, 2025

The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C highlights the Church as the bride of Christ. The readings emphasize God's love for His people, the manifestation of spiritual gifts, and the significance of the wedding at Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle. Key themes include the sacrament of Matrimony, utilizing our gifts for the benefit of others, and the intercessory role of Mary as our Mother.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Resources for Year c
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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday January 26, 2025

The 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C emphasizes the call to ministry and the significance of scripture. The readings highlight the teaching and interpretation of the law, the unity of believers as parts of the body of Christ, and Jesus' public ministry as He proclaims the fulfillment of scripture. Key themes include the sacrament of Holy Orders, the universal priesthood of believers, the importance of scripture study and knowledge, fostering a sense of community, and reaching out to those who feel excluded.

January 2025

Click on the title for Mass readings for the day, resources, homilies, reflections, and more.

Wednesday January 1, 2025

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. This feast day celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the mother of our Lord Jesus.

Thursday January 2, 2025

St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen

St. Basil the Great was a fourth century Greek bishop. His feast day is January 2. He was a skilled orator who was known for supporting the Nicene creed over Arianism.

Christmas Weekday on January 2

The Gospel reading for a Christmas weekday on January 2 from John 1:19-28 presents a poignant portrayal of John the Baptist, a figure emblematic of humility and purpose. As he interacts with the Jewish leaders, John's responses illustrate a profound understanding of his identity and mission.

Friday January 3, 2025

Christmas Weekday on January 3

In the gospel for a Christmas weekday on January 3, John the Baptist points out Jesus and says, "Behold, the Lamb of God".

Saturday January 4, 2025

Christmas Weekday on January 4

At the heart of the Gospel for a Christmas weekday on January 4, from John 1:35-42, is a moment of profound recognition and response. John the Baptist, seeing Jesus, declares Him to be the "Lamb of God." This title, rich in Jewish religious symbolism, speaks of sacrifice and redemption, directly connecting to the Paschal Lamb of the Exodus. This is a crucial insight for us, especially in the season of Christmas. It reminds us that the child in the manger is destined for a sacrificial role, one that will bring about the ultimate redemption of humanity.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton foundeds the first free Catholic school in America. Because of this, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is considered the founder of the parochial school system in the United States.

Sunday January 5, 2025

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord

The readings for the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord tell of the revelation of Jesus Christ to all people. discussion of what gifts we could bring to the service of the Lord is appropriate. Also, the international aspect of the three Kings speaks to our common humanity and issues such as racism and immigration. Here are some ideas for youth ministry, classroom use, or in the home.

Sunday January 12, 2025

Baptism of the Lord Year C

The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Year C focus on the revelation of Jesus Christ as God's beloved and upon the effects of the Spirit. Do we view ourselves and others as God's beloved? How does the Spirit act in my life?

Tuesday January 14, 2025

Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel for Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we encounter Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum, teaching with an authority that astonishes His audience. This episode, occurring early in Mark's Gospel, sets the tone for Jesus' public ministry, illustrating not only His wisdom but His divine power.

Wednesday January 15, 2025

Wednesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel reading for Wednesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we encounter a vivid depiction of a day in the life of Jesus. It's a narrative bustling with activity, healing, and profound spiritual insight, unfolding in the town of Capernaum. As we delve into this passage from Mark 1:29-39, we find ourselves not merely observers of these events but invited to reflect deeply on their significance in our own lives.

Thursday January 16, 2025

Friday January 17, 2025

Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

On this Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we are invited to reflect deeply on the Gospel of Mark 2:1-12, where the actions of Jesus Christ reveal the profound intersections of faith, forgiveness, and healing. This narrative, enriched by the context of the First Reading from Hebrews and the Responsorial Psalm, offers us a tapestry of insights into the nature of our relationship with God.

Saturday January 18, 2025

Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel reading for Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we encounter a profound moment in Jesus' ministry - the calling of Levi, a tax collector. This episode, set against the backdrop of the penetrating nature of God's word and the wisdom of His law as highlighted in the first reading from Hebrews and the Psalm, offers a striking lesson about seeing beyond societal labels and recognizing the inherent dignity and potential in every person.

Sunday January 19, 2025

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C focus on the Church as the bride of Christ. So the sacrament of Matrimony and using our gifts are both good topics for this weekend.

Monday January 20, 2025

Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel for Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we find a profound message of renewal and transformation in the teachings of Jesus Christ. This message is beautifully intertwined with the themes of priesthood and empathy found in the other readings, creating a cohesive spiritual narrative that speaks to the heart of Christian life.

Tuesday January 21, 2025

Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel of Mark for Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we encounter a profound teaching from Jesus that challenges traditional interpretations and prioritizes human need over ritual observance. As Jesus and His disciples pass through a grain field on the Sabbath, the disciples begin to pick grain, an act that draws criticism from the Pharisees. Jesus responds not with a direct defense of the act but by referencing an episode from the life of David, where he ate consecrated bread, an act ordinarily reserved for priests. Through this, Jesus illustrates a fundamental principle: the law was made to serve humanity, not the other way around.

St. Agnes of Rome

St. Agnes of Rome was born in the year 291. Many eligible young men sought to marry her. But she saw herself as the spouse of Jesus. When she continued to resist, she was condemned to death and was martyred at the age of 13.

Wednesday January 22, 2025

Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel reading for Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, from Mark 3:1-6, we encounter a profound moment in Jesus' ministry. This passage is not just a narrative of physical healing but also a powerful exploration of the tension between law and compassion, a theme that resonates deeply with the first reading from Hebrews and the responsorial Psalm.

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22 is is designated as the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children". It is a day of prayer and penance. When January 22 falls on a Sunday, this observance is moved to Monday.

Thursday January 23, 2025

Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Reflecting on the Gospel for Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we find ourselves beside the Sea of Galilee, in the midst of a scene bustling with energy, hope, and profound spiritual insight. Here, in Mark 3:7-12, we witness the extraordinary appeal of Jesus, a testament to the transformative power of His presence and teachings.

Friday January 24, 2025

Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Reflecting on the readings for Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we find ourselves at the heart of the Gospel narrative in Mark 3:13-19, where Jesus ascends a mountain and calls to Him those He desired. This scene is a pivotal moment in the ministry of Christ, as He appoints the Twelve Apostles, laying the foundation for the Church and its mission in the world.

Saturday January 25, 2025

The Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25 is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  St. Paul's encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus converted him from a persecutor of Christians to a fully committed follower of Jesus.

Sunday January 26, 2025

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C focus on the call to ministry and the importance of scripture. Topics for this weekend could include community, the sacrament of Holy Orders, the universal priesthood, and scripture study.

Monday January 27, 2025

Monday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

On Monday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we delve into Mark 3, where Jesus confronts the accusations of the scribes with wisdom and authority. This Gospel reading, in conjunction with the first reading from Hebrews 9 and Psalm 98, offers us a rich tapestry for reflection on the nature of Christ's mission, the dynamics of faith, and the power of understanding.

St. Angela Merici

St. Angela Merici is the founder of the Ursuline order of religious sisters. She is the patron saint ofthe sick, the disabled, and all those grieving the loss of parents. Her feast day is January 27.

Tuesday January 28, 2025

Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

On Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we encounter a profound moment in the Gospel of Mark (3:31-35) where Jesus redefines the very concept of family. This moment, though brief, encapsulates a fundamental teaching of Christ and echoes themes present in both the first reading from Hebrews (10:1-10) and the Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 40). Together, these readings invite us into a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of God's family.

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas is a 13th century saint and a Doctor of the Church. St. Thomas was influenced by the philosopher Aristotle and was known to for his logical and reasoned approach to theology.

Wednesday January 29, 2025

Wednesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

On this Wednesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we delve into a rich tapestry of scriptural insights, with the Gospel of Mark (4:1-20) serving as our focal point. Jesus, in His typical pedagogical style, employs a parable - a simple story with profound implications - to unravel the mysteries of faith and reception of the Word.

Friday January 31, 2025

Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel reading for Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, Jesus presents the Kingdom of God through the vivid imagery of a seed's growth and the parable of the mustard seed (Mark 4:26-34). These parables, rich in symbolism and depth, invite us to reflect on the mysterious and transformative nature of God's Kingdom. They teach us about the power of small beginnings and the profound impact of faith, resonating with themes from the day's other readingsendurance in faith from Hebrews 10:32-39, and trust in the Lord from Psalm 37.

St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco was a priest, educator, and founder of the Salesians, an order inspired by the example of St. Francis de Sales. His feast day is January 31. He devoted his life to educating disadvantaged youth and juvenile delinquents. He felt that love was more important in teaching than punishment. This method became known as the Salesian Preventative System. One of his students was St. Dominic Savio.

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