Third Sunday after the Epiphany
First Reading Jonah 3:1-5, 10
word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, "Get up, go to
Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."
So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now
Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah began
to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, "Forty days
more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" And the people of Nineveh believed
God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his
mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did
not do it.
Take refuge in God, all you people.
For God alone my soul in silence waits;
truly, my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken. (R)
In God is my safety and my honour;
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
Put your trust in him always, O people,
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge. (R)
Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath,
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
On the scales they are lighter than a breath,
all of them together. (R)
Put no trust in extortion;
in robbery take no empty pride;
through wealth increase, set not your heart upon it. (R)
God has spoken once, twice have I heard it,
that power belongs to God.
Steadfast love is yours, O Lord,
for you repay everyone according to his deeds. (R)
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on,
let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn
as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not
rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who
deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present
form of this world is passing away.
The Holy Gospel Mark 1:14-20
After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good
news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God
has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother
Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to
them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And
immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther,
he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat
mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee
in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.