3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C


At the end of the 6th century B.C. the people of Israel returned home from exile in Iraq. They were embittered and despondent when they realized that Jerusalem was in ruins. This malaise effected their faith. After all, God had seemingly abandoned them. Something had to be done to revive the religion. Ezra, a priest at the site of the former Temple, decided to hold a mass public Bible reading. He set up a podium near one of the main gates of the city. Other Temple assistants followed his example. The words of Scripture so moved the people that they began crying. The Word of God inspired them to revitalize their faith.

rolling the scroll he said today this scripture is fulfilled


Ezra brought the law before the people

you are Christ's body and individually parts of it


Paul teaches that there is a spiritual link between all Christians. He illustrates this idea with an analogy to the human body. It is a composite of many different organs. Though each is technically independent they work together for the benefit of the whole person. The source of this unity is the soul. In the same way, the members of the Church are autonomous but harmonize because of the Holy Spirit. Though we do not all play the same or role or have the same talents we can work together for the good of the entire Community. Paul mentions some of the ministries that blend for this good: apostles, prophets, teachers, activists, healers, service, administration and preachers.

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