Scripture Reflections for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 138

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Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16

“He wants Timothy to grow in virtue. He wants him to acquire the virtue of righteousness and piety and gentleness and patience and faith and love. But in order to do that he's going to have to train like an athlete, it's not going to come easy.”

"The Spiritual Athlete" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 16:19-31

“the early Christians thought that God's justice could be achieved by burning people in Hades but we know more than that today. We know that hell or not how Justice is served. And we know that the kingdom of God does not begin after a person dies. The beginning of God's kingdom is happening right now.”

Damian Torres-Botello, SJ |

“Jesus's radical call in the gospels is to reverse 'business as usual.' And it demands a shift in our own lives and our own attention, our own privilege and our own priorities.”

Angela Howard McParland |

“this is a really powerful parable about how wealth can lead us to fail in charity toward other human beings and that failure, a grave failure in charity toward other human beings can be the cause of the loss of eternal life”

"Lazarus and the Rich Man" | Brant Pitre |

“nothing inside himself substantially changed and that's not going to ever happen if you hold yourself apart, if you hold yourself separate. You got to jump in with both feet. You have to mix in life, in people, in creation...or you'll never understand what your responsibility is unless you meet them”

GatherClip | "The Rich Lesson in the Parable of Lazarus" | Sr. Joanne |
Overall Readings

“The wall the rich man willingly built in this life against the poor now becomes after his death a chasm, a gap that no one can breach. The time to break down the barriers, the time to build the bridges is now.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“It is not exactly that seeking comfort or security is the central problem but that these behaviors have resulted in a complacency that has a carelessness to it, it has an obliviousness to it in the face of some dire societal problems”

Amanda W. Daloisio |

“when we see so many people suffering in our own communities and around the world it can be overwhelming...doing nothing isn't an option. It's important to remember that even if each of us can't solve the whole problem we can all contribute”

Joan Rosenhauer |

“His sin was not committing some terrible act. His sin was a failure to act. It was a sin of omission. And today Jesus is challenging you and I to, to search our consciences to ask: are we doing the right things? Particularly, are we doing the right by the poor?”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“Today's Gospel raises the question: can I continue living in comfort while turning a blind eye to those around me who are in misery?”

"Lazarus at the gate" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“God is asking us when all is said and done and our earthly life is over, who's going to be there to pick you up? When our earthly journey is done who's going to be there to come and get you?”

Fr. Tony Ricard |