Scripture Reflections for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 153

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: AbrahamAcknowledgeConversionCreationEvilGatherGraceHealingJerichoJourneyLoveMercyPursueReconciliationRedefineRelationshipRepentSalvationSeekSightSinTransformationWealthWelcomeZacchaeus

Wisdom 11:22-26, 12:1-2
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, 2:1-2
Luke 19:1-10

“How much more sacred is when Jesus encounters somebody. When Jesus comes in new life begins, you'll never be the same again.”

"Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |

“that is the story of our life, what we see when we look at others depends a lot on the quality of the window through which we look at them”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“So does Luke mean that salvation has come to Zacchaeus' house because Zacchaeus has repented or because Jesus has come to his house? And the answer is both. The reason he's repented is precisely because Jesus has come into his home and obviously into his heart as well.”

"Zacchaeus' Story" | Brant Pitre |

“The scriptures portray this lack of freedom through...Invasion, infection, drowning, kidnapping, slavery. All of these images, these metaphors have this in common: we are in the power of forces that are greater than ourselves and we seek to be set free. And Jesus has come to set us free.”

"Zacchaeus the tax collector" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |
Overall Readings

“Who are we then to this God and who are we in a world, let alone a universe, that often seems cold, distant and even without meaning? As it turns out we are the world to God, God's beloved. The Holy Spirit breathes through all of creation”

Alex Gruber |

“The Lord wants to dine at the house of a sinner. Is he welcomed in yours?”

Fr. Oscar Pratt |

“Jesus recognizes that Zacchaeus is also kin, a 'son of Abraham' and wants to belong...Let us also follow Jesus' lead to extend that invitation to someone else. Offer an opening to someone looking for a place to land, to call home, to be loved unconditionally.”

Dr. Rachel Bundang |

“God doesn't harangue us rather God gives us lots of room to breathe and with dignity to come around”

Yvonne Prowse |