January 2024 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 January 2024 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.
Sundays and Holy Days in January 2024
Monday, January 1, 2024
The Mass readings for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God highlight the blessings and role of Mary as the mother of Jesus, emphasizing her reflection on the significance of these events. The themes explored include Mary’s role as our mother, the challenges and joys of parenting, and our identity as children of God through adoption.
Sunday January 7, 2024
The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus to all people, as told in the Gospel of Matthew through the visit of the wise men. The readings highlight the themes of seeking God, embracing diversity, and following the guidance in our lives, with potential homily topics including the significance of the journey, embracing our shared humanity, and trusting in God’s guidance.
Sunday January 14, 2024
The readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B focus on the theme of discipleship and listening for God’s call. Through the examples of Samuel in the first reading and the call of the first apostles in the Gospel, we are reminded of the importance of being open to God’s voice and responding to His call in our lives.
Sunday January 21, 2024
The Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B emphasize the themes of transformation, repentance, and answering God’s call. Jonah’s response to God’s call to go to Nineveh, the plea in the psalm to be taught by the Lord, and the call to repentance and discipleship in the Gospel remind us of the importance of evangelization, discerning vocations, listening to God, and embracing a life of discipleship.
Sunday January 28, 2024
The Mass readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B focus on the themes of recognizing Jesus’ authority and the importance of listening to God. Moses prophesies the coming of a mighty prophet in the first reading, and in the Gospel, Jesus teaches with authority, amazing the people. Catechesis themes include conversion, the authority of the Church, granting authority to others, and leadership.
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Monday January 1, 2024
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.
Tuesday January 2, 2024
Wednesday January 3, 2024
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”.
Thursday January 4, 2024
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.
Friday January 5, 2024
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.
Saturday January 6, 2024
Christmas Weekday on January 6
: In the gospel for a Christmas weekday on January 6, we hear of the humility of John the Baptist and the the baptism of Jesus.
Sunday January 7, 2024
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 8, 2024
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 9, 2024
Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Tuesday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time,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 10, 2024
Wednesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Wednesday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time, 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 11, 2024
Thursday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Thursday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time, 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 12, 2024
Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time
: 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 13, 2024
Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Saturday of the 1st week in Ordinary Time, 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 14, 2024
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 15, 2024
Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, 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 16, 2024
Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, 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 17, 2024
Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Wednesday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time, Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the sabbath. Jesus challenges the idea of putting the law before people.
Thursday January 18, 2024
Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Thursday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time 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 19, 2024
Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Friday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time, Jesus goes up a mountain an summons his apostles. He grants them authority to teach and drive out demons.
Saturday January 20, 2024
Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Saturday of the 2nd week in Ordinary Time, 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.
Sunday January 21, 2024
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 22, 2024
Tuesday January 23, 2024
Wednesday January 24, 2024
Wednesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Wednesday of the 3rd week in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells the parable of the sower and the seed. We must be good soil, ready to accept the Word of God.
Thursday January 25, 2024
The Conversion of St. Paul
: January 25 is the Feast of the Conversion of St. 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.
Friday January 26, 2024
Sts. 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.
Saturday January 27, 2024
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.
Sunday January 28, 2024
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.
Monday January 29, 2024
Monday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time
: 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.
Tuesday January 30, 2024
Tuesday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time
: In the gospel for Tuesday of the 4th week in Ordinary Time, we hear of two miracles which restore people. The little girl is restored to life. And the hemorrhaging woman is restored to full participation in the community.
Wednesday January 31, 2024
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.