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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
January 16, 2019
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10

The Word of God speaks to all who hear it.

  • In today’s reading, Ezra presents the Torah to the people as the Word of God.
  • The Torah consists of the first five books of the Bible.
  • After the people listened to Ezra, they rejoiced with a great celebration for God’s gift of the Word.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 12:12-30

We are the body of Christ and each is a different part.

  • The reading from 1 Corinthians presents Paul’s image of the Christian community as one body alive in one Spirit.
  • In a healthy body all parts serve for the welfare of the whole.
  • One of the gifts held by the Christian community is the gift of the Word of God.

Gospel : Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

Jesus is the fulfillment of the Scriptures.

  • In the introduction to this Gospel, Luke suggests that he knows of other Gospel accounts.
  • The story of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry follows Luke’s introduction.
  • Today’s passage highlights compassion and liberation as the theme of Jesus’ ministry and concern for the weakest members of society the mark of his identity as Messiah.