Scripture Reflections for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A, Lectionary 70

Hate feeling lost on Sundays at church? Searching for a better explanation of the Bible than what you hear from your pastor's sermon? Check out the following collection of audio, video, and text commentaries from various Christian experts for a better understanding of today's scripture that deal with: AddictionBeatitudesBlessingBoastCrossDialogueDiscipleExodusFocusFreedomHappinessHappyHeartHistoryHolyHumilityHungerJoyJusticeLowlyMosesPovertyTranslationWisdom

Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31

“So there's this paradox that's built into the very Gospel itself. It's ultimately the paradox of the cross, that the mystery of the incarnation and the mystery of the cross are both mysteries, as Paul will say in Philippians, of God's self-emptying”

"The Body of Christ" | Brant Pitre | April 30, 2020
Matthew 5:1-12

“Are we, do we want to be, will we work to be the blessed of our God? Because those blessings are there, church, we just have to open up, we just have to say 'yes', we just have to be willing participants in the fullness of that grace that is already ours”

Fr. Oscar Pratt |

“in the new law the curses are the blessings because the way we enter into the blessing of the kingdom of heaven is through the cross. It's through suffering, it's through the mystery of a suffering that's united to the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

"The Beatitudes: Blessings or Curses?" | Brant Pitre |

“life in the kingdom is about hunger and thirst. It’s about those who have a passionate commitment to the will of God for human beings and the world.”

"Sermon on the Mount" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“in Christianity the teacher and the teaching are one. Jesus is not separate from his teaching, he is the same as his teaching.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“the original sin has to be that it takes so much work to get out of ourselves. That our default position is me, and to protect me, and to take care of me. I think we have to move against that deliberately, constantly. That's what, to me, salvation is. Moving against that default position.”

GatherClip | Sr. Joanne |

“What's my own personal downfall, my own personal addiction? And might I pray to the Lord Jesus to give me the grace to pursue the virtues of the Beatitudes and therefore become blessed”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“If you're blessed your blessedness is going to take you to a new level of righteousness of Christian living. You and I will grow spiritually by putting these Beatitudes into action.”

Monsignor Raymond East |

“God's kingdom breaks in everywhere. On street corners and schoolyards, in sanctuaries and soup kitchens, among sinners and saints. God's kingdom is among us. Can you see it? Do you feel it?”

Jessie Bazan |
Overall Readings

“We must always remember to be humble. It's not just about me and Christ but it's about myself, Christ, and my relationship with a community of believers.”

Vanesa Zuleta Goldberg |

“Can we place ourselves in spaces where we are not trying to be first, best or boasting but for God and others? Can we place ourselves instead in marginal spaces, place ourselves in humility before the sacredness of one another to become people of authentic encounter, kinship and relationship?”

Beth Ford McNamee |

“we are the ones seized by and sent by Christ Jesus and the spirit as blessing, to be blessing, and to give blessing to those who can't see blessing anywhere. And we have to try to be a living Word of God to them by witnessing as bearers of Christ's love or as Paul says 'other Christs.'”

Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP |