4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 22 Jan 2018
A man with head bowed in prayer

Let us allow the Lord to speak  through our lives!

Grant us, Lord our God,

 that we may honour you with all our mind, 

and love everyone in truth of heart.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In today’s First Reading we hear Moses announcing God’s intention to raise up a new prophet, into whose mouth God will put his own words.  

The Gospel shows how this new prophet is Jesus himself, the great prophet for all times. In speaking with God’s own voice, Jesus makes a deep impression on the people. He speaks with a deep authority we cannot ignore.

The Psalm also urges us to listen to God’s voice. Focusing our attention on God’s word and deeds helps us move towards a deeper awareness of him. 

St Paul, in the Second Reading, expresses his concern for the effect of worldly distractions on the faithful. He encourages us to avoid anything that might distract us from listening to God, so we can give the Lord our ‘undivided attention’.   

Perhaps this week, we, too, might pray to ‘listen well’ to the Lord – asking him for a greater realisation and appreciation of the activity of God in our lives, and leading to a desire for heartfelt service.

To him you must listen. First Reading

Let us kneel before the God who made us. Psalm

I would like to see you free from all worry. Gospel
Let us pray for a greater love of God

and our fellow men and women.

Lord our God, help us to love you with all our hearts

and to love all people as you love them. Old Opening Prayer

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Deuteronomy 18: 15–20; Psalm 94 (95); 1 Corinthians 7: 32–35; Mark 1: 21–28