Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21
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Reading 1 Nehemiah 8: 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10
Ezra the priest brought the law before
the assembly, which consisted of men, women, and those children old enough to
understand. Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate, he read
out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and
those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the book of
the law. Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the
occasion. He opened the scroll so that all the people might see it for he was standing
higher up than any of the people; and, as he opened it, all the people rose.
the LORD, the great God, and all the people, their hands raised high, answered, "Amen,
amen!" Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD, their faces to the
ground. Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God, interpreting it so that all
could understand what was read. Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the
priest scribe and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all the people:
"Today is holy to the LORD your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep" for all the people were
weeping as they heard the words of the law. He said further: "Go, eat rich foods and drink
sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared; for today is holy to
our LORD. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your
Psalm 19: 8,9, 10, 15
R. (cf John 6:63c) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are
of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are
all of them
R. Your words, Lord, are
Spirit and life.
Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before
O LORD, my rock
and my redeemer.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
Reading 2 Corinthians 12: 12-30
As a body
is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one
body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether
Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one
Now the body is not a single part, but
many. If a foot should say, "Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body, "it does not
for this reason belong any less to the body. Or if an ear should say, "Because I am not an eye
I do not belong to the body, " it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. If the
whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would
the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body
as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there
are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I do not need you, "nor again
the head to the feet, "I do not need you.” Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be
weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less
honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with
greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so
constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there
may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one
another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all
the parts share its joy.
Now you are Christ's
body, and individually parts of it. Some people God has designated in the church to be,
first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then gifts of
healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all
prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all
speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
Or Corinthians 12: 12-14
Brothers and sisters:
As a body is one though it has many
parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For
in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free
persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part,
but many. You are Christ's body, and individually parts of it.
Gospel Lk 1: 1-4; 4:
Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the
events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the
beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have
decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly
sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty
of the teachings you have received.
Jesus returned to Galilee
in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught
in their synagogues and was praised by all.
He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his
custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a
scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was
The Spirit of the Lord is upon
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to
sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat
down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, "Today
this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."
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