Readings for Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
From Contemporary English Version © 1995, American Bible Society.
January 27, 2013
The Third Sunday after Epiphany
FIRST READING: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1-2On the first day of the seventh month, the people came together in the open area in front of the Water Gate. Then they asked Ezra, who was a teacher of the Law of Moses, to read to them from this Law that the LORD had given his people. Ezra the priest came with the Law and stood before the crowd of men, women, and the children who were old enough to understand. 3From early morning till noon, he read the Law of Moses to them, and they listened carefully.
5Ezra was up on the high platform, where he could be seen by everyone, and when he opened the book, they all stood up. 6Ezra praised the great LORD God, and the people shouted, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed with their faces to the ground and worshiped the LORD.
7After this, the Levites went among the people, explaining the meaning of what Ezra had read.
9The people started crying when God’s Law was read to them. Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher, and the Levites who had been teaching the people all said, “This is a special day for the LORD your God. So don’t be sad and don’t cry!”
10Nehemiah told the people, “Enjoy your good food and wine and share some with those who didn’t have anything to bring. Don’t be sad! This is a special day for the LORD, and he will make you happy and strong.”
PSALMODY: Psalm 19
1The heavens keep telling the wonders of God,
and the skies declare what he has done.
2Each day informs the following day;
each night announces to the next.
3They don’t speak a word,
and there is never the sound of a voice.
4Yet their message reaches all the earth,
and it travels around the world.
In the heavens a tent is set up for the sun.
5It rises like a bridegroom
and gets ready like a hero eager to run a race.
6It travels all the way across the sky.
Nothing hides from its heat.
7The Law of the LORD is perfect; it gives us new life.
His teachings last forever,
and they give wisdom to ordinary people.
8The LORD’S instruction is right;
it makes our hearts glad.
His commands shine brightly, and they give us light.
9Worshiping the LORD is sacred;
he will always be worshiped.
All of his decisions are correct and fair.
10They are worth more than the finest gold
and are sweeter than honey from a honeycomb.
11By your teachings, LORD, I am warned;
by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded.
12None of us know our faults.
Forgive me when I sin without knowing it.
13Don’t let me do wrong on purpose, LORD,
or let sin have control over my life.
Then I will be innocent,
and not guilty of some terrible fault.
14Let my words and my thoughts
be pleasing to you, LORD,
because you are my mighty rock and my protector.
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
12The body of Christ has many different parts, just as any other body does. 13Some of us are Jews, and others are Gentiles. Some of us are slaves, and others are free. But God’s Spirit baptized each of us and made us part of the body of Christ. Now we each drink from that same Spirit.
14Our bodies don’t have just one part. They have many parts. 15Suppose a foot says, “I’m not a hand, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the foot still belong to the body? 16Or suppose an ear says, “I’m not an eye, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the ear still belong to the body? 17If our bodies were only an eye, we couldn’t hear a thing. And if they were only an ear, we couldn’t smell a thing. 18But God has put all parts of our body together in the way that he decided is best.
19A body isn’t really a body, unless there is more than one part. 20It takes many parts to make a single body. 21That’s why the eyes cannot say they don’t need the hands. That’s also why the head cannot say it doesn’t need the feet. 22In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest. 23We take special care to dress up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our personal parts, 24but we don’t have to be modest about other parts.
God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. 25He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. 26If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.
27Together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of his body. 28First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But he also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages. 29Not everyone is an apostle. Not everyone is a prophet. Not everyone is a teacher. Not everyone can work miracles. 30Not everyone can heal the sick. Not everyone can speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone can tell what these languages mean. 31I want you to desire the best gifts.
GOSPEL: Luke 4:14-21
14Jesus returned to Galilee with the power of the Spirit. News about him spread everywhere.15He taught in the Jewish meeting places, and everyone praised him.
16Jesus went back to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and as usual he went to the meeting place on the Sabbath. When he stood up to read from the Scriptures, 17he was given the book of Isaiah the prophet. He opened it and read,
18“The LORD’S Spirit has come to me,
because he has chosen me
to tell the good news to the poor.
The Lord has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners,
to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers,
19 and to say, ‘This is the year the Lord has chosen.’ ”
20Jesus closed the book, then handed it back to the man in charge and sat down. Everyone in the meeting place looked straight at Jesus.
21Then Jesus said to them, “What you have just heard me read has come true today.”