Scripture Reflections for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 123

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: AssessChallengeCommitmentCommunityDisciplineFamilyForgiveFreedomGateGatherGraceHeavenHellHoly SpiritHopeInclusionJourneyKingdomMercyParticipatePunishmentReconciliationRepentResponsibilitySalvationSinStrivingSufferingUnderstandUnityVocation

Isaiah 66:18-21

“So God himself in the Old Testement, notice this isn't Acts, this isn't Paul, this isn't the New Testament, in the book of Isaiah describes a mission to the gentiles. A mission to the nations in which the remnant of Israel goes out to the nations”

"The Ten Lost Tribes and the Ingathering of the Gentiles" | Brant Pitre |
Psalm 117:1-2
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13

“what Hebrews is saying here is that God teaches his children as children, like a father instructs his son. Not just through education but through discipline.”

"The Discipline of the Lord" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 13:22-30

“we don't need to know all of our siblings by name, all made in the very image and likeness of God. It's enough or should be enough to say 'if you are a human being you are one with me and we together are the children of God.'”

Fr. Oscar Pratt |

“mere acquaintance with the Messiah or with God is not enough, right. Listening to Jesus preach and teach in the streets of Galilee or Capernaum or Bethsaida isn't enough. He has to know you, right, and you have to leave a life of sin behind, right, and enter into a real communion with him.”

"The Kingdom of Heaven" | Brant Pitre |

“there is no room for fence sitters in the Kingdom of God. There are no privileged entry permits to the eternal life which Jesus offers. You're either a player or a spectator. You're an actor in the drama of salvation or you're a member of the audience.”

"Enter by the narrow door" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“It is for sure a paradox, striving only to find oneself resting in God”

Cindy Bernardin |

“On our final judgment day it would not matter where you came from. What would matter is your relationship with Christ and how you choose to demonstrate that relationship with others.”

Fr. Tony Ricard |
Overall Readings

“the theme of our reflection today is god's salvation is free and inclusive but not cheap the question of inclusion and exclusion is one of the perennial human problems which has become very popular in the recent time”

Sr. Chimbuoyim G. Uzodimma, HFSN |

“The main challenge of religion lies in the practical application to individual lives and real life experiences. When it comes to the theory so many are active but when the light begins to shine on individuals only few will remain standing.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“That's what, what Christ is trying to tell us here in the Gospel. 'Yes, heaven is gift but you're going have to work at it too.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |