For 31 January 2016, 4th Sunday, based on Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, â€œBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.â€ But you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I will break you before them. And I for my part have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall, against the whole landâ€”against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.