Reading for January 2 Before Epiphany

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First Reading
1 Jn 2:22-28

Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Who is the liar?
Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.
Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.
Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,
   but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.
If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,
   then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.
And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.
I write you these things about those who would deceive you.
As for you,
   the anointing that you received from him remains in you,
   so that you do not need anyone to teach you.
But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false;
   just as it taught you, remain in him.

And now, children, remain in him,
   so that when he appears we may have confidence
   and not be put to shame by him at his coming.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

R. :

℟. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
   for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
   his holy arm.

℟. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

The LORD has made his salvation known:
   in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
   toward the house of Israel.

℟. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

All the ends of the earth have seen
   the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
   break into song; sing praise.

℟. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Acclamation before the Gospel
Heb 1:1-2

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 1:19-28

There is one who is coming after me.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

This is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him
   to ask him, “Who are you?”
He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted,
   “I am not the Christ.”
So they asked him,
   “What are you then? Are you Elijah?”
And he said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
So they said to him,
   “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? 
What do you have to say for yourself?”
He said:
      “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
      Make straight the way of the Lord,

   as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent. 
They asked him,
   “Why then do you baptize
   if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John answered them,
   “I baptize with water;
   but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
   the one who is coming after me,
   whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
   where John was baptizing.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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