4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 31, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

DT 18:15-20 PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 1 COR 7:32-35

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Cure of a Demoniac

MK 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"
Jesus rebuked him and said,
"Quiet! Come out of him!"
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
"What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him."
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.


meet our extended family

St. Paul Miki and Companions (Feast Day February 6)

1545 – 1597

When the first missionaries came to Japan in 1549, they were welcomed, and many Japanese people became Christians. When the Japanese leader Hideyoshi took command, he feared that Christians would take over the government, so in 1587 he banished them and destroyed many of their churches. On December 8, 1596, Hideyoshi arrested and condemned to death the friars of Miako. Among them were Paul Miki and his companions: missionary priests, brothers, laymen, catechists, doctors, artisans, servants, and innocent children. Paul Miki was born in Japan and educated by the Jesuits. He would have been the very first Japanese priest if he had escaped arrest, for he had already completed his studies for the priesthood. From his cross he forgave his persecutors and told the people to ask Christ to show them how to be truly happy.

Some missionary priests stayed and went into hiding, dressing like the Japanese people in order to minister to the Christians. When missionaries returned to Japan in the 1860s, at first they found no trace of Christianity. But after establishing themselves, they found that thousands of Christians lived around Nagasaki and that they had secretly preserved the faith for over 200 years. Beatified in 1627, the martyrs of Japan were finally canonized in 1862.


Take time to chat

  • The Gospel tells us that Jesus has authority over unclean spirits. Have you ever thought about how powerful Jesus is? Is there anything that Jesus can’t do?
  • What would it be like to see Jesus performing the mighty acts we hear in the Gospels?
  • Consider the courage of St. Paul Miki and Companions. What made them so brave?


Recipe of the week

Sushi Bake

Enjoy this delicious Japanese dish in honor of St. Paul Miki.

3 Tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar

3 cups cooked sushi rice

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup Kewpie mayonnaise

6 ounces imitation crab, shredded and roughly chopped

1/4 cup green onion, sliced

1/4 cup furikake (Japanese seasoning)

Optional: nori sheets, wasabi, soy sauce

Cook sushi rice according to package instructions. Preheat oven to 450 F. In a large bowl, mix rice with seasoned rice vinegar until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, crab and green onion and fold until combined. Spread the rice into a 9x13 baking dish and smooth out along the bottom. Sprinkle the half of the furikake over the rice. Layer the crab mixture over the top, and top with the rest of the furikake. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.

Serve with nori sheets, wasabi and soy sauce to taste.

Submitted by the Joyce Family from St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Madison Heights


Family Fun


To celebrate the heritage of St. Paul Miki, do some simple origami today. You can find printable guides online to make animals, envelopes, paper airplanes, fans, and more.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Adapted Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God
thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.


In your Name Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray that you would cover us,
our work to Unleash the Gospel in the Archdiocese of Detroit,
our families, and all our possessions,
with your love and your Most Precious Blood
and surround us with your heavenly angels,
saints and the mantle of Our Blessed Mother.
For you live and reign for ever and ever.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today’s Gospel, Jesus taught in the synagogue. In what way do we hear Jesus’ teaching at Mass?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Think about something for which you need more courage. Write (or draw) it on a piece of paper. Ask one family member to pray for this intention for a whole week.

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Fun Facts!

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Synagogue is a Greek word that literally means a gathering of people. In the time of Jesus, a synagogue was a place where Jews gathered, worshiped, prayed, and learned. In the Jewish religion, the sabbath was observed on Saturday. However, Christians worship on Sunday because Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday.