Scripture Reflections for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 141

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: CareCommunityDiscipleEnvironmentFaithFidelityGiftHistoryHopeHumilityJusticeLoveMartyrMinistryMissionOrdinationPowerPraisePrayerRemindServeSightSufferingWorks

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14

“so even though Paul himself doesn't use the language of ordination this is in effect the reality what we would describe as Timothy's ordination to the sacrament of holy orders”

"The Laying on of Hands" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 17:5-10

“the point is that faith can do supernatural things. Faith can do things that are technically impossible but it accomplishes these things through the power of God. And that's the basic point of the parable. A very short parable but very powerful parable.”

"Parable of the Mustard Seed" | Brant Pitre |

“if we have a faith that enables a radical trust in God, that claims the total allegiance of our heart, that transforms our vision of life, that guides our life's journey, then Jesus assures us we could say to a mulberry tree 'be uprooted and planted in the sea' and it would obey us”

"Increase our faith" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“Christ serves his very self at the table of the Lord and he's encouraging you and me to do the same for those people who God puts in our life. To serve our very selves...the service is itself the reward and the reward is out of this world.”

"Selfless Giving" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“Everybody is offered faith but you have to take that faith and open it. It's like receiving an envelope and never opening the envelope and seeing the birthday card inside. We've got to open the gift of faith and then we've got to use it”

Monsignor Raymond East |
Overall Readings

“we can understand from the response of Jesus that it is not the size of the faith that counts but how willing we are to make use of the little that is available to us. With faith as little as the size of a mustard seed we can achieve even what the world sees as impossible”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“God will not be outdone in generosity. If you give it to God and let God do the growth, let God take care of it, God is an abundant God, God's not a stingy God. God's gonna make it what God wants it to be through your ministry”

"Man Up & Take Your Rightful Place" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |

“Do we really need a hurricane, a fire, an earthquake, whatever it might be for us to start acting like human beings, children of the most high God, sisters and brothers to all?”

Fr. Oscar Pratt |

“the stories we read, the places we go, the images we ponder shape our vision of other people...there are faulty histories, old misconceptions and one-sided points of view that get in our way. These are the non-essential and potentially lethal items for us to discard.”

Barbara W. Eckert |

“it is not surprising that the disciples appealed to Jesus: 'increase our faith.' Jesus does not give his disciples an easy answer to their request for faith and the amazing thing is even the little faith can do”

Sia Nyasari Temu, MM |

“We indeed must hope for and work for change but we also recognize that change comes slowly. Therefore, it requires patience and serenity”

Fr. Tony Ricard |