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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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Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: Jesus fulfills the prophecies of Isaiah. Catholic Inspiration

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When the disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus questions about who he is, the Lord responds with references that fulfill the prophecies found in Isaiah. The result? He is the messiah!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Advent

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The Octave of Christmas: Simeon’s Canticle. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

As Simeon held the Christ Child in his arms praising God, he recalls the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises and points to the redemption of humanity.  May we look back and see how God has touched our lives and embrace each day as a new opportunity to the serve the Lord with full hearts!

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Simeon’s Song of Praise, Aert de Gelder, 1700-1710.


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