FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Malachi 3:19-20A | Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9 | 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 | Luke 21:5-19
This Sunday is the second to last Sunday of our liturgical year. As we approach the end of the Church year, our Gospel invites us to focus on justice, effortfulness and perseverance.
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 | Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 | 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 | Luke 20:27, 34-38
Last Sunday’s Old Testament reading spoke mostly of God’s mercy. This Sunday’s readings focus on the hope of resurrection.
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Wisdom 11:22-12:2 | Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14| 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 | Luke 19:1-10
The readings today all have within them the idea of mercy and living in a way that honors the Lord.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 | Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 | 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 | Luke 18:9-14
Last Sunday, you may remember, Jesus taught the disciples about praying with constancy, with perseverance. Today, Jesus teaches us what perhaps is the most foundational part of praying — praying with humility.
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Exodus 17:8-13 | Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 | 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 | Luke 18:1-8
Prayer is both a battle of faith and the triumph of perseverance. This encouragement is at the heart of this week’s readings. Moses holds up the staff of God, his arms supported by Aaron and Hur, for hours, during a battle. Paul challenges Timothy to remain faithful to the ministry of proclamation, even in the face of resistance. And Jesus tells the story of a widow who persists in demanding justice from an unjust judge until she wears him down and is given her due.
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 | Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 | 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 | Luke 17:5-10
Today our readings for this Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time are about faith, frustration, and how much is enough. Habakkuk is a complainer having an argument with God. Timothy is encouraging a community challenged by cowardice and the apostles want more faith than they have.
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Amos 8:4-7 | Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 | 1 Timothy 2:1-8 | Luke 16:1-13
Following our lord is not easy. He never promised it would be. This week we will reflect on the today's teaching. It's a hard one, a call to be selfless. Our readings urges us to care and compassion for the poor and to pray for others.
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 | Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 | 1 Timothy 1:12-17 | Luke 15:1-32
The readings remind us in so many ways that reconciliation and repentance are a communal responsibility and a personal one. What unites the readings for this weekend and makes it powerful is the abundant love of the Father.
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Wisdom 9:13-18b | Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17 | Philemon 9-10, 12-17 | Luke 14:25-33
What is life about here on earth? Our readings for this weekend tell us that life is about being humble, about loving others truly, and about loving God above all things.
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.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum