Thoughts on the Readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) 2016

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This weekend we start reading again from the Gospel of Luke.   As I have mentioned previously we are on a three year cycle for the Sunday readings.   This year is year C so we read from Luke’s Gospel.  We read Matthew’s Gospel in year A and Mark’s Gospel in year B.  We read from John’s Gospel primarily during the Easter season.  It is also used to supplement Mark’s Gospel in year B, since Mark is the shortest Gospel.

In our Gospel this weekend we read the opening verses of Luke’s Gospel.  We then skip the Infancy Narratives (which we read during the Christmas season) and the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert (which we will read on the first Sunday of Lent) to chapter four of Luke’s Gospel, and the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.   We are told that Jesus returned to the synagogue at Nazareth and read a section from the prophet Isaiah concerning the one who would restore Zion. “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.”   After reading this section Jesus then boldly proclaimed:  “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  

Our first reading this weekend is taken from the Book of Nehemiah.   In the section we read today Ezra, the priest-scribe read from the Law from “daybreak till midday.”  He then interpreted the law and reminded the people that “Today is holy to the Lord your God.”  

In our second reading this weekend we continue to read from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.   The section we read today picks up where last week’s reading left off.  It reminds us that 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.”  

Questions for Discussion/Reflection

  1. In our Gospel today, Jesus had a clear sense of his mission and purpose.   As a follower of Christ do you have a sense of clarity about your mission/purpose?
  2. As Luke begins his Gospel he states:  “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.”   Theophilus is Greek for Friend of God.  Some scripture scholars suggest that Theophilus was not one person, but all those people who believed in Jesus.  Have you ever thought of yourself as a Friend of God? 
  3. What part do you see for yourself in the Body of Christ?  


I must confess that if or when I consider myself a friend of God, it is as a friend in need.


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