By Fr. Andrew Kelly
THIRD SUNDAY ORDINAL TIME – JAN. 27
Luke’s Gospel is the believing community’s teacher for 2013. Part of Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21) is the prologue. Luke’s purpose is to give the community “…an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us…”
The “events” are God’s promise being fulfilled in and through the life, words, deeds, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The “orderly account” is Luke’s Gospel story that the community will be listening to and reflecting upon.
Luke’s desire is that the community “…may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.”
Luke assumes the community has already been instructed in the story of Jesus. But Luke wants the community to plunge deeper into the “truth” of Jesus Christ as that “truth” impacts the day to day life of the community.
Luke believes the story of Jesus is also the story of the community. Both stories are now the one story of how God’s promise is being fulfilled in the here and now.
Luke will be asking the community: “How does this particular Jesus story become the community’s particular story?”
Sunday’s Gospel concludes with Jesus’ agenda and mission proclamation. Luke is asking: “Is this the community’s agenda and mission?”
(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)
Scripture Readings for Jan. 27 to Feb. 3
Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10
1 Cor 12:12-30 or 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27
Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Heb 9:15, 24-28
Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32
Jer 1:4-5, 17-19
1 Cor 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13