Vol: 46, No.12 3RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) January 27 2019  
 
do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (19)
Response: Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life.
The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple. R/
The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart. The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes. R/
The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding forever. The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just. R/
May the spoken words of my mouth, the thoughts of my heart, win favour in your sight, O Lord, my rescuer, my rock! R/
SECOND READING
(Paul corrects the misunderstanding in the Corinthian community regarding the spiritual gifts. He brings in the metaphor of the human body to explain the phenomenon).
A reading from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians (shorter form) (12:12-30)
Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the Church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.
 
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
The Word of the Lord
ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! The Lord has sent me to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives. Alleluia! (Lk 4:18-19)
GOSPEL
(Luke dedicates his book to Theophilus in order to strengthen his faith. After the dedication, Luke describes Jesus’ action in the native synagogue).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (1:1-4; 4:14-21)
In as much as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed.
Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
And he closed the book, and gave it back
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