We celebrate today, the liturgy of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C. Two aspects of being a Christian are laid before us today: being part of a community of believers and being attentive to God's Word as revealed in the Scripture. These two aspects are summarized in our relationship to Jesus, the Head of the Body and the Word of God incarnate.
The first reading (Neh 8: 1-10) describes the response of the people in tears after the proclamation of the Word of God. Having returned from exile, the Word of God in the Book of the Law found in the Temple was read to them. They listened, understood and were transformed and strengthened by the WORD spoken both as individauls and a community.
In the gospel (Lk 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21), Jesus continues the beginning of His public ministry by returning to His home town of Nazareth announcing in the Synagogue that He is the fulfilment of the Word of God proclaimed.
Dear friends, the Eternal Word of God that took flesh is the head of the Body where we belong as different parts. We are nourished by His Word that we hear and His flesh that we eat (Eucharist). These unite us as one! Like the human body, each of us as different part is to contribute to the growth of the entire body. The only way we can become authentic members of the Body and function effectively with the transforming power of the Word is by listening to the Word both as individual and as a community.
I pray as we journey in life today, we will have the grace to listen with the ears of our hearts and respond in affirmation to the Word by living out the Word in our daily lifes. May we be witnesses to the transforming power of the Word of God, "for the law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple" (Ps. 19: 8). May our word and life be refreshing as the WORD. Have a Happy Sunday!
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