Epiphany, Year B

Epiphany means several things: a gift is received; the gift must be shared. Jesus appears to be suggesting a rhythm, a balance to our lives. We go inward to be with God, to receive; we go out in the world to share what we have been given – still with God. We are called to balance the pouring out of our love with the resting in God. We are called to heal by just showing up, by laying on hands, by sharing what we have. This good news that was for the few people who heard it up close and personal is ours because they reached out and shared it. It will belong to those who have not yet heard, if we accept our call to share the story by how we live out our lives and as St. Francis said, “with words, if necessary.”

Note: there are also special lesson plans for the first four Sundays after Epiphany, that were written by Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Year BScriptureGospel Lesson PlanOld Testament
Baptism of the LordGenesis 1:1-5
Mark 1:4-11
Receiving the Gift and Offering the GiftLight and Dark
Second Sunday after the Epiphany1 Samuel 3:1-10,(11-20)
John 1:43-51
Come and SeeThe Call of Samuel
Third Sunday after the EpiphanyJonah 3:1-5,10
Mark 1:14-20
Follow MeJonah Brings the Word of God
Fourth Sunday after the EpiphanyDeuteronomy 18:15-20 Mark 1:21-28Who is this Jesus?The Prophet of God
Fifth Sunday after the EpiphanyIsaiah 40:21-31
Mark 1:29-39
Prayer and ActionThe Lord is Everlasting
Last Sunday after the Epiphany2 Kings 2:1-12
Mark 9:2-9
EpiphaniesElijah and Elisha