Nehemiah 8:2–6, 8–10
All the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
Psalm 18(19):8–10, 15
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
1 Corinthians 12:12–30
You together are Christ’s body, but each a different part of it.
The Lord sent me to bring Good News to the poor and freedom to prisoners.
Luke 1:1–4, 4:14–21
‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.’
Images from the Word
- Anointed me
- Fulfilled today
- Wooden dais
- You together
The dignity of the word of God requires that the church have a place that is suitable for the—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §309
proclamation of the word and toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful
naturally turns during the Liturgy of the Word. It is appropriate that this place be ordinarily a stationary ambo and not simply a movable lectern.
Continuing the example of Ezra in our reading this Sunday, the Church has always reverenced the special place assigned to the proclamation of God’s Word. The beauty of the ambo invites both reverence for the Word proclaimed and faithful hearing by the assembly. The holy people of God are thus called to be both hearers of the Word and doers of that Word in their daily life.