Scripture Reflections for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A, Lectionary 151

How much different is our Christian portrayal to others than our actual inner thoughts, feelings and heart? Does our outward actions accurately show what is inside of us? Let us lead others to Christ by our way of living that authentically reflects our inner self that is at work serving Jesus.

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Malachi 1:14; 2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
Matthew 23:1-12

“This is what the Lord longs for each and every one of you. Bring your hearts to this table today, bring your successes but bring your failures too. Bring your B+ paper but bring your C+ paper too and place it all on this altar and watch what the Lord will do for you. Watch the Lord exult you.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "Whoever humbles themselves will be exulted" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | November 5, 2023

“The kind of leaders Jesus wants the disciples to be are diákonos, servants of everyone else, not people who exalt themselves over everyone else like the scribes and the Pharisees. He wants them not to be spiritually prideful but to be spiritually humble”

Catholic Productions | "Call No Man Father" | Brant Pitre | October 30, 2020

“As I learned, focusing only on oneself and the opinion of others makes for a painful and lonely existence. So Jesus directs us to make God the center of our lives. Centering God in our lives turns us outward, it connects us to the world and reminds us that we all need each other.”

Catholic Women Preach | Kate Oxsen | October 30, 2023
Overall Readings
"The greatest among you must be your servant" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | October 29, 2023
Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | October 30, 2023

“repentance is not a punitive act but a process of revival and a renewal”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Sr. Maria Ukamaka Okeke, I.H.M. | September 22, 2023

“We are praying to the one God, the God of Heaven and Earth, the only one who made the universe, the stars, the sun and the moon. That's the God we pray for and we are all God's children.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | November 5, 2023

“If we are full of God's mercy and God's grace then there is no room for hatred. There is no room for oppression. There is no room for the atrocities that continue to befall us.”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | November 5, 2023

“when the world's coming at you and you realize that you got God on your side can't nothing in this world touch you”

Fr. Tony Ricard | November 5, 2023
Catholic Women Preach | Terry Battaglia | November 5, 2017