Scripture Reflections for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 111

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: AbrahamBaptismCircumcisionCommunicationCompassionExodusFaithForgiveJourneyJusticeKingdomLearnMannaMercyNeighborOur FatherPersistencePersistentPrayerRelationshipTemptationTrust

Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8
Colossians 2:12-14

“He sees baptism as a death and a resurrection. He sees baptism as a transition from one sphere of reality into another sphere of reality, from the 'Old Creation' into the 'New Creation.' And he's going to make this clear as you go through the letter of the Colossians”

"Jewish Circumcision and Infant Baptism" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 11:1-13

“the Lord wanted to work miracles in the lives of the Israelites and in the Israelite people. The Lord wanted to work miracles, the greatest miracle of all: the incarnation. But the Lord cannot work miracles in us if we do not trust him.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“And so my prayer for all of us is that as we enter into the dynamics of the Lord's Prayer, that we can be consoled, that we can trust in God's plan, and that we can be bread for one another and lean on our neighbors when we need the sustenance to carry us forward to bring about the reign of God”

Brenna Davis |

“It's precisely in the midst of trials that we are often tempted to fall away or to commit a sin”

"Lead Us Not into Temptation" | Brant Pitre |

“Jesus intends his followers to recognize not only the reality of evil but more importantly the reality of his victory over evil”

"Lord, teach us to pray" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“Prayer is not about twisting God’s will to make it our own. It’s really about right ordering our lives so we get on the same page as God.”

"The Lord's Prayer" | Fr. Michael Sparough |
Overall Readings

“There are many ways to pray but there is nothing special we really need to do to pray. Praying is about listening and giving up control to God. God is always waiting for us to come to him. All we need to do then is show up and show up consistently.”

Kate Oxsen |

“God, being God, knows us through and through but often we do not know ourselves enough to enter into an intimate kind of relationship. Relationship goes beyond knowing only about the other, it means I allow myself to be known by the other.”

Sr. Judette Gallares, RC |

“God created us to have a special relationship with him. The well-being of our relationship with God depends to a large extent on the quality of our communication with God. Prayer is the communication between human beings and God.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |