3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 24th January 2016

Now you together are Christ’s body!

Jesus has come to bring us to the freedom of the children of God and to make us one in him by our baptism.

Just as the people of Israel listened to the Book of the Law and welcomed the presence of the Lord with tears and rejoicing (First Reading), we are asked to listen to Jesus; to allow his Spirit to govern our choices and actions, to find in his words the “Good News”. As the response to the Psalm says, “Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life.”

The Gospel shows us Jesus’ proclamation that he now fulfils in his own person the Law God gave through Moses to the people of Israel. As we listen to him from day to day, we beg to discover the truth that, “The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart.” (Psalm).

Without competition or disagreement, we are asked to work for unity among those who form the Body of Christ, valuing each one’s contribution and gifts (Second Reading). Jesus invites us, who are made one with him through baptism into the Body of Christ, to labour with him in fulfilling his mission of healing, peace and service.

In what way is the Lord calling me today?

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