January 26, 2020: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
One of the suggestions in the 2010 Antiphonary runs
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;John 8:12
whoever follows me will not walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.
and this Sunday’s 1st Reading includes the following, quoted by Jesus in the Gospel:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,Isaiah 8:23—9:1 and Matthew 4:15-16
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in a land of deep shadow
a light has shone.
Our antiphon prays that the Light of the World will shine upon us and make us, in our turn, light for the world.
The accompanying verses, interspersed with the Collegeville Composers’ trademark mini-refrains, provide the opening of Isaiah 9, together with verses from Ps 27/26 (The Lord is my light, the Lord is my help).