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January 2028: Mass Readings and Resources

January 2028 is Year C in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 2 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for January 2028 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

January 2028

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

Saturday January 1, 2028

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.

Sunday January 2, 2028

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.

Tuesday January 4, 2028

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.

Wednesday January 5, 2028

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 9, 2028

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 11, 2028

Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, Jesus drives an unclean spirit from a man. The people are amazed by his authority. Jesus performed miracles which were seen as signs of his divine power.

Wednesday January 12, 2028

Wednesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, we see a day in the life of Jesus. He heals Simon's mother-in-law, cures the sick, and drives out evil spirits. But after all of this, he takes the time go get up early and pray.

Thursday January 13, 2028

Thursday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Thursday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, Jesus heals a leper. The leper approaches Jesus as a supplicant, saying, "If you wish, you can heal me." He does not make demands on Jesus.

Friday January 14, 2028

Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Friday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time, Jesus heals a paralytic man. His friends struggle to bring him in through the door because of the crowds. So they lower him through the roof instead.

Saturday January 15, 2028

Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Saturday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, Jesus calls Matthew, also known as Levi, to follow him. Matthew was a tax collector, hated by his fellow Jews for collaborating with the Romans. But where others see a hated outsider, Jesus sees a potential disciple.

Sunday January 16, 2028

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 17, 2028

Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, people are asking Jesus why his disciples don't fast like the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees. Jesus is not like the teachers they are accustomed to.

Tuesday January 18, 2028

Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, the disciples of Jesus pick and eat grain as they are walking through a field. It is the sabbath, and the Pharisees point out that this is a violation of the law. Jesus wants them to see that the law is made to meet the needs of the people.

Wednesday January 19, 2028

Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the sabbath. Jesus challenges the idea of putting the law before people.

Thursday January 20, 2028

Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Thursday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2 a crowd presses in around Jesus as he preaches and heals. Even the demons he drives out recognize him as the Son of God.

Friday January 21, 2028

Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Friday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, Jesus goes up a mountain an summons his apostles. He grants them authority to teach and drive out demons.

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.

Saturday January 22, 2028

Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Saturday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, Jesus and his disciples don't even have the opportunity to eat because of the demands of the mission. His relatives call him crazy because of this and try to stop him.

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.

Sunday January 23, 2028

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 24, 2028

Monday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

On Monday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, we delve into the Gospel of Mark 3:22-30, where Jesus confronts accusations from the scribes, a moment that is both profound and challenging. This passage, when contemplated alongside the day's other readings, offers a rich tapestry for reflection on the nature of Christs mission, the unity of Gods Kingdom, and the discernment of good and evil.

Tuesday January 25, 2028

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.

Wednesday January 26, 2028

Wednesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 3rd week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, Jesus tells the parable of the sower and the seed. We must be good soil, ready to accept the Word of God.

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.

Thursday January 27, 2028

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.

Friday January 28, 2028

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 of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

On this Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, the Church invites us to a profound contemplation on human frailty, divine mercy, and the mysterious unfolding of God's Kingdom. The readings from 2 Samuel, Psalm 51, and the Gospel of Mark weave together a narrative that speaks to our hearts about sin, redemption, and the transformative power of God.

Saturday January 29, 2028

Saturday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

On this Saturday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, the readings present a compelling combination of faith, divine power, sin, repentance, and the pursuit of righteousness. The Gospel of Mark, in particular, offers a profound narrative that speaks directly to the heart of our faith.

Sunday January 30, 2028

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C bring to mind the adversity which can occur during discipleship. So this is a good time to talk about not giving up, trusting in God, and handling rejection.

Monday January 31, 2028

Monday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Monday of the 4th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus frees a man of his demons. He has been outcast and living in the tombs, a place of death.

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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