January 27 : Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
In today’s scriptures the word “Spirit” appears a number of times. The psalm response is “Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.” In the Gospel of Jesus unrolling the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue, he proclaims the words “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” and applies them to himself. The 2nd reading from1 Corinthians tells us:
In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
Reflecting on this, on Jesus’s words “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing”, and remembering that the Psallite composers’ concept of “Gospel Communion” is one in which what we receive in the Word is fulfilled by what we receive in Communion, and you arrive at the text of today’s Communion Antiphon.
The antiphon is coupled with verses from Psalm 33(34), one of the options in the Antiphonal and Antiphonary, and additionally has been written so that it could, perhaps at the end of Communion, be sung several times over as a simple four-part round.