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January 2027: Mass Readings and Resources

January 2027 is Year B 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 2027 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

January 2027

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

Friday January 1, 2027

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.

Saturday January 2, 2027

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.

Sunday January 3, 2027

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.

Monday January 4, 2027

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.

Tuesday January 5, 2027

Christmas Weekday on January 5

As we celebrate a Christmas weekday on January 5, our hearts are still warmed by the light of Christ's birth. The Gospel reading from John 1:43-51 offers a profound reflection on discovery and recognition, themes that are deeply relevant in the ongoing Christmas season.

St. John Neumann

St. John Neumann was born in Eastern Europe in 1811. He traveled to the United Stated in his mid-20s in order to do missionary work. At age 29 he joined the Redemptorist order. He continued to serve those in his community, especially the immigrants. Eventually he became the bishop of Philadelphia. There he organized the first diocesan school system in the United States. In addition to his contributions to establishing Catholic education, he was also known for his holiness and his spiritual writings.

Sunday January 10, 2027

Baptism of the Lord Year B

The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Year B remind us that like Jesus, we are members of God's family through the gift of baptism. So possible topics for this Sunday are baptism and the Holy Spirit. Evangelism and kinship with God might also be appropriate.

Tuesday January 12, 2027

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 13, 2027

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 14, 2027

Friday January 15, 2027

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 16, 2027

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 17, 2027

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B invite us to hear God calling and to respond. So possible themes for this Sunday are discipleship and listening for the call of God. Here are some ideas.

Monday January 18, 2027

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 19, 2027

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.

Wednesday January 20, 2027

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.

Thursday January 21, 2027

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.

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.

Friday January 22, 2027

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.

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.

Saturday January 23, 2027

Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Reflecting on the Gospel of Mark 3:20-21 for Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we encounter a deeply human moment in the life of Jesus. The scene unfolds with Jesus and His disciples entering a house, so besieged by crowds that they could not even eat. Amid this chaos, His relatives, likely out of concern and misunderstanding, decide to take Him away, fearing He is overwhelmed or not in His right mind. This narrative, while brief, is rich with implications and connections to the day's other readings.

Sunday January 24, 2027

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B invite us to be transformed by the call of Jesus. So possible themes for this Sunday are evangelization, vocations, and discipleship.

Monday January 25, 2027

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.

Tuesday January 26, 2027

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.

Saints Timothy and Titus

January 26 is the feast day of Sts. Timothy and Titus.  St. Timothy is the patron saint of stomach ailments.St. Titus is the patron saint of the United States Army Chaplain Corps.

Wednesday January 27, 2027

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.

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.

Thursday January 28, 2027

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.

Friday January 29, 2027

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.

Saturday January 30, 2027

Saturday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Reflecting on the readings for Saturday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we find a cohesive theme of faith and trust in God, even in the face of the unknown or seemingly impossible.

Sunday January 31, 2027

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B invite us to recognize Jesus and grant him authority in our lives. So possible themes for this Sunday are conversion and magesterium. Here are some ideas.

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