Scripture Reflections for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A, Lectionary 157

God gives us a wealth of love and mercy. Are we putting it to good use and sharing it with others? We may decide to hide it and not let it grow unto others but that is not appreciating the gift God offers us. If we fail to see God's generous ways we will have a distorted view of God's gift to us and misunderstand what we need to do with them. Only when we know the Master can we multiply love and mercy like God does.

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Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

“I still find myself chafing against this reading. Even taking one trait at a time this woman or women are still defined not for themselves but for what they do for others, they're valued for the work they do not for who they are.”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Emily Sanna | November 13, 2023
Psalm 128:1-5
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

“So there's that tension between the definiteness of the final judgment that we know it's going to happen but then the uncertainty of the exact timing”

Catholic Productions | "Thief in the Night" | Brant Pitre | November 11, 2020
Matthew 25:14-30

“If we think of God as a hard man judge who does not give mercy freely but instead is a thief then we are too afraid to do anything with this mercy”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | November 15, 2020

“Can God be a thief? No. Everything that exists is from him, it all belongs to him. So even when we give him something we're simply giving back to him what was his to begin with.”

Catholic Productions | "Parable of the Talents" | Brant Pitre | November 10, 2020

“There is nothing on that stock market that is made in the image and likeness of the most high God...You can find the poorest person on any part of this, this neighborhood, this state, this country, this world and I guarantee you they are worth more than any vault in any bank could ever hold. Do we understand that?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | November 20, 2023

“God wants us to not be afraid, to live without fear. Or said in positive way, to live in trust.”

Catholic Women Preach | Rose Lue | November 15, 2020
Overall Readings

“So the gifts that each of us receive are a gift of the Spirit and they are not entrusted to us for our own benefit but ultimately to proclaim the Good News”

"Parable of the Talents" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | November 13, 2023

“the main point of this parable is that sins of omission have consequences. That spiritual sloth, in other words failing to take the gifts that God has give you, given you and to actually utilize them, to invest them, to bear fruit, to multiply them, is itself a sin. It's a sin of spiritual sloth.”

Catholic Productions | "Spiritual Sloth vs the Wife of Proverbs 31" | Brant Pitre | February 26, 2021

“Many of us have tons of gifts that we celebrate and tons that we run from and if we don't use the, even the gifts that we don't like, a part of God's Kingdom does not come, it's not illumined, people aren't served”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | November 15, 2020

“We are all people of invaluable worth. Share your gifts. It is a timeless blessing for those who give and those who receive.”

Catholic Women Preach | Rosemary Johnston | November 19, 2023

“The only fear that you and I should have is not being with the Lord for all eternity. That's why our citizenship is in Heaven, you belong to Heaven.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | November 19, 2023

“It seemed more doable to find a talent and use it. The parable drew me in and kept me searching. Later my mandate expanded to appreciating the talents of others and to help children find their talents.”

Catholic Women Preach | Rita Houlihan | November 19, 2017

“There is no one who knows everything and there is no one who knows nothing. There is no one who has everything and there is no one who has nothing. Each one of us has something to offer.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | November 13, 2023

“God pours gifts into us not just for ourself but for other people and when you and I don't use our gifts other people do not become the beneficiaries of God's mercy, of God's grace, of God's forgiveness, of God's justice, of God's love”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | November 19, 2023

“Has God made a good investment in you? Well, here's a way to look at it. If you are using everything that you have for his purpose and not for your own selfish means then you're a good servant. God made a good investment in you.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | November 15, 2020

“The truth of the matter is that for whatever people don't want to do they will always find an excuse. But for whatever they want to do they will always find a way.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | November 13, 2020