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Testify

January 19th, 2014 (see other dates)

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time




Discussion Questions for Reading 1

"My God is now my strength." It takes strength to be a light among family and friends, let alone among the nations! Yet we cannot neglect the wider world, as the light of Jesus that we bear is meant for all people. How can you be a light this week?to family, to friends, to community, to parish, and to people who live in another part of the world?

Reading 1 Isaiah 49:3, 5-6

Reading 1 Reflection

In this reading, we hear that God had prepared Israel to be the servant of the Lord. Now God is calling Israel to be something new. The Israelites will be a "light" that guides all nations to the true God.

Out of Israel came Jesus, the Light of the World, who took upon himself the work of our salvation. By our Baptism, we, too, are called to be "lights" that draw others into the community of Jesus' disciples.

Discussion Questions for Reading 2

Read this passage aloud again, and for "the church of God which is in Corinth," read

"the church of God, _____________ (your parish name), which is in ____________ (the name of your town)."

Does this make a difference in the way you hear the rest of the passage? How is your parish called to be holy? (Each parish has different challenges and gifts, so one parish may not be called to be holy in the same way another one is.) How is your discussion group meeting now called to be holy?

Reading 2 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

Reading 2 Reflection

Paul reminds the Christians at Corinth that they have been called to a life of holiness. They need to be reminded of this because they have been fighting among themselves and slipping into pagan practices. Over the next five Sundays we will hear more of Paul's advice.

Discussion Questions for Gospel

Very often we get so busy and noisy that God's voice is completely drowned out. We are not always prepared to recognize Jesus in our daily lives. What will you do to become a better listener?

Gospel John 1:29-34

Gospel Reflection

John the Baptist had the great honor of preparing the way for Jesus. Through John's preaching and baptizing, the people's hearts were ready for the coming of the Lamb of God. John had spent his entire life listening to God's word. And when Jesus, the Messiah, finally came, God helped John to recognize him.

Proclaiming Faith Activities for Primary Grades

The Lamb of God

Explain to the children: One of the special titles, or names, we have for Jesus is "Lamb of God." Just before John baptized Jesus, John said, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." Before we receive Holy Communion, the priest says, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Happy are we who are called to his supper."

Point out to the children that sometimes the Lamb of God is seen in stained-glass windows or on the doors of the tabernacle. Distribute the reproducible master with the picture of the Lamb of God. He carries a flag of victory, because although Jesus died, he rose from the dead. Have them color the picture now or at home.

A New Song

The responsorial psalm today proclaims: "And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God." (Psalm 40:4) Today might be a good day, at the beginning of the new year, to teach a new song to the children. Choose a song that you like and want to share with the children. Tell them why you chose this song for them to learn. Be prepared with a CD or tape for the children to listen to, if possible. If it seems easier, teach the chorus first, and then the verses. Sing the lines one at a time, and have the children repeat them after you. Then sing two lines at a time and ask the children to repeat. Finally, have them sing the entire chorus or verse. Use this song often as an opening or closing prayer. Happy new year, happy new song!


Proclaiming Faith Activities

Giving Testimony

A testimony can be a statement of a truth about something or someone. Or it can be a public expression of a religious experience. John the Baptist gave testimony to Jesus by pointing out that he was the Lamb of God. Write a testimony of your own about Jesus, about one paragraph long. You may tell several truths about him, or share a personal experience of him. Call your paragraph, "My Testimony."

Note: You may want to provide several Bibles for use as reference for this activity.

Reflecting God's Glory

"I will make you a light to the nations," God tells us in the first reading. How can you, alone or with others, let God's glory shine through you? For each of these categories, name one way you will reflect the glory of God.

In the way I respond to new ideas

Suggestion: I will be open and enthusiastic about new ideas that reflect God's will.



In art, music, drama, or sports



In the way I relate to others





In my attitudes about life, faith, prayer





In the way I participate in the liturgy




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