Readings for the Third Sunday after The Epiphany
A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos (3:1-8).
Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt: “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. “Do two walk together, unless they have made an appointment? Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing? Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth, when there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when it has taken nothing? Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does evil befall a city, unless the Lord has done it? Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?
Psalm 139:1-11. Domine, probasti
O Lord, thou hast searched me out, and known me. *
Thou knowest my down-sitting, and mine up-rising;
thou understandest my thoughts long before.
2 Thou art about my path, and about my bed; *
and art acquainted with all my ways.
3 For lo, there is not a word in my tongue, *
but thou, Lord, knowest it altogether.
4 Thou hast beset me behind and before, *
and laid thine hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me; *
I cannot attain unto it.
6 Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit? *
or whither shall I go then from thy presence?
7 If I climb up into heaven, thou art there; *
If I go down to hell, thou art there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning, *
and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
9 Even there also shall thy hand lead me, *
and thy right hand shall hold me.
10 If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me; *
then shall my night be turned to day.
11 Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee,
but the night is as clear as the day; *
the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
A Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1:10-17).
I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I am thankful that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. Matthew (4:12-23).
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.