Sunday Scripture Reflections

Heaven, Marriage and the Resurrection

Will there be marriage in heaven? Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees about the widow married to seven deceased husbands needs to be understood in light of some important truths about the resurrection and the afterlife. The Mass readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Second Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalms 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15; Second Thessalonians 2:16–3:5; […]

Lover of Lost Souls

Zacchaeus - Randers Museum of Art [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Readings: Wisdom 11:22–12:2 Psalm 145:1–2, 8–11, 13–14 2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2 Luke 19:1–10 Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today’s Psalm, He is slow to anger and compassionate toward all that He has made. […]

Sunday Reflection—The Pharisee and the Publican

The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (tax collector) in Luke 18 teaches us a lot about pride, humility and . . . insanity.  It even gives us insight into one of the principal battle cries of the Protestant Reformation — “sola gratia” or “grace alone.” The Mass readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are […]

Sunday Reflection—Ask and You Shall Receive

Jesus says “ask and you shall receive.”  He encourages us to ask boldly and persistently through the story of the unjust judge and the persistent widow.  But if we don’t listen in prayer, we won’t know what to ask for.  Here are tips for using the inspired prayers called Psalms as guides to praying effectively. The Mass readings for the […]

Sunday Reflection—Giving Thanks

The Bible stories of Naaman the Syrian and Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers shows us that gratitude is an obligation of justice. To remember the source of our blessings and to give thanks is exactly why some countries, like the USA and Canada, dedicate a national Thanksgiving holiday.  And why Catholics have a “Sunday obligation” to attend the Eucharist. […]

Sunday Reflection—A Mustard Seed Faith

Jesus calls us to have faith at least the size of a mustard seed.  He also constantly addresses his disciples with this command: Be not afraid!  The story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan shows us how to leave behind fear and grow in faith. The Mass readings for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are […]

A Great Chasm

"The Unjust Steward" Etching by Jan Luyken - Phillip Medhurst [FAL], via Wikimedia Commons

Readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C): Amos 6:1, 4–7 Psalm 146:7–10 1 Timothy 6:11–16 Luke 16:19–31 The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy—not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door. The complacent leaders […]

Sunday Reflection—Rich Man and Beggar

Luke, chapter 16, tells the story of the Rich man and the Beggar, Dives and Lazarus. It shows how some choices we make lead to addictions that can determine our eternal destiny. Gluttony, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is a poison that has an antidote — the Cardinal Virtue called Temperance or Moderation. The Mass readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday […]

Prudent Stewards

"The Unjust Steward" Etching by Jan Luyken - Phillip Medhurst [FAL], via Wikimedia Commons

Readings for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C): Amos 8:4–7 Psalm 113:1–2, 4–6, 7–8 1 Timothy 2:1–8 Luke 16:1–13 The steward in today’s Gospel confronts the reality that he can’t go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment. He must give account for what he has done. The exploiters of the poor in today’s […]

Sunday Reflection—Lessons from the Dishonest Steward

Serving God and Mammon Stewardship . . . what does this term really mean? The parable of the dishonest steward in Luke 16 argues against the divorce between God and everyday life. Though it is idolatry to serve money, it is very important to serve God by the way we use money. Stewardship does not just mean giving to the […]