Scripture Reflections for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 114

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: AnxietyBalanceCommunityCreationDeathDiscipleEconomyEgoEternityFocusFoolGenerosityGreedGriefHeavenHopeJoyLanguageLifeLoveNeighborPaulPossessionsPovertyPriorityQohelethReconciliationRelationshipRepentShareSinSufferingVanityViceWealthWisdomWorryWorship

Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11

“The reason we seek the things that are of Heaven is not because the Earth isn't good, it is good. God made it. But we seek the things of Heaven and things that are above because Christ is there. Because Christ is reigning in his glorified and resurrected body, where? Not on Earth but at the right hand of the Father.”

"St. Paul and Mortification" | Brant Pitre |

“slander, right. So to lie about someone publicly to the destruction of their, of their reputation is a very grave sin.”

"St. Paul's Teaching on Bad Language" | Brant Pitre |
Overall Readings

“Love, joy, gladness even or especially amid the sorrow and the grief the Lord reminds us of what our life is all about. But do we start the day by asking the Lord to remind us of this?”

Vivian Cabrera |

“the Word of God reminds us if you don't order yourself with God, your greed will send you to hell...your lust for things, your lust for people, your lust for power will lead you to a space of no return”

"God, family, work" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |

“Our creation in the image of God gives us a beautiful vocation in destiny. We are made for relationship with God and one another and not just any kind of relationship but the relationship of mutual love that our tradition calls communion.”

Elizabeth Garlow |

“It is not how much possession I have that will count against me. It is how much my possession has possessed me. There'll be multi-billionaires in heaven just as there will be many poor people who will miss heaven.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“if you read the fuller context of Ecclesiastes, too, you'll see that in particular what the book is highlighting is the anxiety that comes with wealth”

"All is Vanity" | Brant Pitre |

“Let us heed the warning by not storing up treasure for ourselves instead of becoming rich in the sight of God”

"The Rich Fool" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“Luke’s parables about money are ultimately parables about discipleship. And as the Gospels make quite clear, discipleship in the kingdom of God requires us to radically rethink our relationship to wealth and material things.”

Meghan Clark |

“We get very preoccupied with all of the things that tie us down on Earth but...Jesus wants us to know that our life can be over just like that. That we're not even promised the rest of today”

Monsignor Raymond East |