Scripture Reflections for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 108

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: AbrahamCommunityCovenantCrossDiscipleDistractionEncounterEvangelizeFaithFocusFriendshipGiftHospitalityIdentityJourneyListenLoveMarthaMealPaulPeacePraisePrayerPriorityRelationshipRestRevelationShareSightSufferingTeresa of AvilaTrinityWelcomeWelcomingWomenWorry

Genesis 18:1-10
Psalm 15:2-5
Colossians 1:24-28

“Christ intended for the afflictions that he experienced and endured on Calvary, on Good Friday, and this is the mystery, to continue in his mystical body that is the Church on earth. And if that seems mysterious, you're right. That's why Paul calls it a musterion.”

"St. Paul and the Mysticism of Suffering" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 10:38-42

“We all get stuck like Martha periodically...her experience is a prayer we too could use: 'Lord, if my perspective about this person or this situation is mistaken please let me know. Point me in a better direction. Help me to see as you see.'”

Ellie Hidalgo |

“If we are trying to be kind to someone the first step we need to take is to listen and to see into the heart of the person we desire to help, to forget our own plans, to forget our agenda and then to identity the person's needs”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“in this case here it's the service that Martha's providing is leading her to two problems: namely to be distracted and to be worried or to be anxious. And that's what Jesus, so to speak, rebukes her for.”

"Martha and Mary" | Brant Pitre |

“As disciples of Jesus we cannot be reduced to being Good Samaritans of this world, important as they are. It is not enough merely to do good things for people. Disciples of Jesus must be inspired and nourished by a sitting at the feet of Jesus allowing his word to form, inform and transform us”

"The better part" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“if you study medieval paintings of Martha, paintings from Italy and France and Germany from the 13th to the 16th century you will see...these artists portray Martha as a dragon slayer. The feminine version of St. George.”

Susan Fleming McGurgan |
Overall Readings

“You can serve, you can work hard like Abraham did but if you have a peaceful heart you're in the right can sit and rest but if you don't have a peaceful heart, if you have a heart of anxiety and worry then you have a Martha heart...It's not about action versus contemplation. It's about where your heart is.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“if you are a people who focus on praising God you'll be able to see the many blessing that God is sending your way even in the midst of the mess each and every day”

Fr. Tony Ricard |

“I invite you to be part of this hospitality. Embracing the immigrants, embracing the people who doesn't have any voice, we can be the voice for them. Embrace our neighbors and at last we need to embrace our family and embrace ourselves”

Lupita Vital Cruz |

“if Jesus Christ is in your life, if you know the Lord Jesus as your Lord and savior, if he's your best friend, if you listen to him, if you make time for him, then there is nothing to be worried about”

Monsignor Raymond East |

“when we ourselves encounter our neighbors, our guests, are we seeing the divine in them?”

GatherClip | "Recognizing & Receiving the Gift of God" | Alex |