FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ( C )
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 | Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 | Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a | Luke 14:1, 7-14
As they say, “it is hard to be humble when you are so great.” One of the biggest challenges we face in modern culture is a lack of humility. We are impressed by things like brawn, beauty, bling and bucks. This weekend’s readings speak to us about the importance of humility.
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Isaiah 66:18-21 | Psalm 117:1, 2 | Hebrews 12:5-7, 1-13 | Luke 13:22-30
Today’s readings really mesh well together. In the first reading invites us to accept God’s training towards inclusivity and acceptance of “others” especially the socially excluded in our midst. The second reading uses an analogy of a parent disciplining a child as a means of allowing the child to grow. Finally, the Gospel talks about the narrow gate into the kingdom and the urgency to get through it now.
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-1 | Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18 | Hebrews 12:1-4 | Luke 12:49-53
Today’s Scripture lessons introduce to us living in the midst of adversity. In our First reading, Ethiopian eunuch Ebed-melech risked his life to plead for Jeremiah’s life to be spared from the cistern where the princes of Jerusalem intended for him to die. Our Second reading from the letter to the Hebrews reminds us that God wants us to run the race with endurance and finish it right. Finally, Jesus’ stresses the cost of discipleship warning us that new life with him may mean risking division and even separation from our families.
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Wisdom 18:6-9 | Psalms 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 | Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-12 | Luke 12:32-48
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen and also the test of our faith is its endurance for the long haul, in good times and in bad times. The three readings of today invite us to dwell upon the theme of our need for a lively faith and hope in the things to come.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum