Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the central themes in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Nehemiah 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10

  • After the Babylonian captivity, the people gather together to hear Ezra read God’s holy law in the scriptures.
  • Ezra and Nehemiah instruct the people to make the day holy, rejoicing in the Lord for their strength.

Psalm – 19:8-10,15

  • “Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.”
  • The precepts and law of the Lord give wisdom, joy and enlightenment.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 12:12-30

  • Paul uses the example of the body to illustrate how many different parts work together as one.
  • As the Body of Christ we recognize the unique contributions of all people and unite together for the glory of God.

Gospel – Luke 1:1-4; 4:4-21

  • Luke introduces his Gospel as a way to offer an orderly sequence of the events of Jesus.
  • In the synagogue at Nazareth, the Lord reads from the scroll of Isaiah and proclaims that this prophecy is fulfilled.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year


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A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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