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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C focus on the call to ministry and the importance of scripture.

In the first reading Ezra the priest teaches the people and interprets the law for them. In the second reading we learn that we are all parts of the same body of Christ. In the gospel, Jesus interprets the writings of Isaiah and declares his public ministry.

Daily Mass Readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

  • First ReadingNehemiah 8:2-4A, 5-6, 8-10: Ezra reads the law to the people from morning until noon. The assembly responds with worship and tears, and Nehemiah encourages celebration and sharing, emphasizing joy in the LORD.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 19: The LORD’s laws refresh and guide the soul, bringing joy and wisdom. His enduring commands foster a deep reverence that pleases Him.
  • Second Reading1 Corinthians 12:12-30: Christ’s body, like a human body, consists of many parts, each unique and essential. Unity and diversity coexist, emphasizing mutual respect and shared responsibilities among all members.
  • GospelLuke 1:1-4; 4:14-21: Jesus returns to Galilee, teaches widely, and in Nazareth, reads from Isaiah, announcing the fulfillment of the prophecy, emphasizing his mission to liberate and heal, witnessed by his hometown.

Themes for the Readings

  • Sacrament of Holy Orders
  • Universal priesthood
  • Scripture study and knowledge
  • Community
  • Reaching out to those who do not feel included

See extended theme ideas and reflection questions at the bottom of this post.


Divine Reading Lesson Plan on Lectio Divina

Divine Reading: A Lesson Plan on Lectio Divina

This lesson plan will help youth understand the importance of prayerfully reading the Bible to understand how God is speaking to each of us personally through His word.

All Together Now

All Together Now: A Lesson Plan on Racism

We are all one body. But the playing field is not always level. This lesson plan provides a way to discuss institutional racism.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Holy Orders is a sacrament of the Catholic Church by which a man is ordained to be a deacon, priest, or bishop. It is a sacrament of service.

lectio divina

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina means “divine reading”. It is a prayer practice which trusts that God speaks to us through scripture.

Prayer Before Reading the Bible

Prayer Before Reading the Bible

This is a traditional Catholic prayer before reading the Bible. It asks God our Father to send His Holy Spirit to make us ready to hear Him.

Praise the Glory of God Based on Psalm 19

Praise the Glory of God

This prayer is based on Psalm 19, which is the Responsorial Psalm for this weekend. God has done so many wonders for us that we cannot contain it. We must praise Him.

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if one part suffers

If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

1 Corinthians 12:26

Homilies and Reflections

A New Day Dawns

In both the first reading and the gospel, the main figure reads from a scroll. The stage is set for the renewal of the covenant.

Learning Who We Are

The people had forgotten their identity so Ezra taught them. We must also know who we are to fulfill our mission.

More Themes

Luke presents Jesus as a teacher, speaking words which inform and inspire. He tells people about the Kingdom of God. And he points out that it is already a reality. We can miss that when we are focused on our everyday lives. We are distracted by what happened yesterday. We worry about what is coming tomorrow. Jesus is here now, speaking to us.

His words would have brought new energy to those who were listening. We must let the words of Jesus set us on fire again. We can do this by reading scripture and thinking about what Jesus is saying to each of us personally, right now.

Jesus also speaks boldly. He tells people of freedom and healing. This might be a good time to reflect on our own willingness to boldly speak about the Kingdom of God. Saying the right thing at the right time can make a difference. We must be open to those opportunities when they present themselves and not fear rejection of the message. We might be planting a seed which sprouts and grows later.

Reflection Questions

  • Do I take time to listen to what Jesus is saying to me in Scripture?
  • Can I listen to something I have heard before and understand it in a new way?
  • Am I willing to announce the freedom and healing which Jesus brings?

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