3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
In Hebrews chapter 4, we read the Word of God is alive and active. Today’s readings invite us on a journey to encounter this alive and active Word.
We begin our journey in the book of Ezra, where we find the entire community of Israel on the ground listening attentively to the law from daybreak until midday. This exceptionally long liturgy of the Word is in response to their return from exile. It is an opportunity for recommitment to the Covenant they had forgotten. It is an opportunity for rejoicing as they celebrate their freedom as God’s chosen people.
The second stop is the Synagogue in Nazareth, where we find Jesus being handed the scroll to read to the assembly on the Sabbath. From Isaiah, he reads, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. His commentary is simple and yet profound. Today this passage is fulfilled in your hearing. He is the long-awaited one who will fulfill the promise of salvation for all.
Now we stop into a liturgy being celebrated today. We hear the Word and ponder its meaning for us. And then the Word is proclaimed in the Eucharistic prayer. This is my body given for you. Here I am to be your food. Here I am to transform you into the Body of Christ to bring life into our world. We stand in awe before such a great mystery and calling.
Saint Paul explains what it means to be Christ’s body. Accepting the strength of our connectedness in the body enables us to courageously carry out the mission of liberty to captives, sight to the blind, and ending oppression. How effective are we in being Christ’s body in our world? What gift can I bring to the body?
Let us pray:
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.” (Saint Teresa of Avila) Holy Spirit, we humbly ask you to empower us to be Christ’s body to all we meet today. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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