Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

He has anointed me.

The Gospel of Luke is our guide for this year, and the portrait that Luke paints of Jesus in his Gospel is that which we contemplate. As we go through the Gospel there are a few characteristics of Jesus that we will reflect on a number of times. This week there are two for us to meditate on. The first is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Lord. The second is the Lord’s particular message of the Good News being proclaimed to the poor.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.



Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him. (Luke 4:14-15)

  • How important is your reputation to you?
  • How does it feel when people praise you?
  • When have you known the power of the Spirit in you?
  • Listen to the Lord as he teaches you.



The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives. (Luke 4:18a)

  • What is the good news for you today?
  • What do you need liberated from?
  • Reflect on you being anointed at baptism and confirmation.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit instructing you.



To the blind, new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour. (Luke 4:18b-19)

  • What do you need to look at with fresh eyes?
  • When do you feel downtrodden?
  • What grace/favour do you need this year?
  • Listen to the Lord who makes all things new.



God has arranged the body so that more dignity is given to the parts that are without it, and so that there may not be disagreements inside the body, that that each part may be equally concerned for all the others. If one part is hurt, all parts are hurt with it. If one part is given special honour, all parts enjoy it. (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)

  • Are you concerned equally for all parts of the community?
  • When have you experienced one part being hurt and all hurting with it?
  • When have you experienced one part being given special honour, and all parts enjoying it?
  • Listen to the Lord who forms you into his body.



Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

  • How do you experience being part of Christ’s body in the parish?
  • How do you experience being part of Christ’s body in the family?
  • How do you experience being part of Christ’s body in the world wide church?
  • Listen to the Lord whom you are a part of.



May the spoken words of my mouth, the thoughts of my heart, win favour in your sight, O Lord, my rescuer, my rock! (Psalm 18:15)

  • Do your spoken words always win favour with the Lord?
  • What kind of thoughts do you struggle to control?
  • When has the Lord been your rescuer, your rock?
  • Listen to the Lord who sees you and loves you as you are.



‘Go, eat the fat, drink the sweet wine, and send a portion to the man who has nothing prepared ready. For this day is sacred to our Lord. Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10)

  • What gives you cause for celebration?
  • So you remember to send a portion to the man who has nothing?
  • What can help you make the day sacred to the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord whose joy is your stronghold.

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