Scripture Reflections for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 144

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: CommunityCrossElishaEntitlementExcludeFaithGentileGiftGospelGratefulHealingHopeHumilityInclusionJourneyLeperNaamanPatiencePreachPrideRecognizeResurrectionSalvationSamaritanSightSinSufferingThankfulUnityWeaknessWelcomeWorship

Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 17:11-19

“Jesus saw them. This is a small but mighty significant detail. You see, Jewish law and human nature conspire to make the leper invisible. People are inclined to ignore outcasts, the sick, the dying because perhaps, who knows, suffering and death make us uncomfortable or we don't want to deal with it”

Damian Torres-Botello, SJ |

“It is regrettable that the more familiar we become with the blessings of God the more we take them for granted”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“this gospel calls us to ask big and hard questions about who is at the margins, what they need and how we make social justice real both in reparations and recognition”

Kathleen Byrnes |

“we're all hungry. We're all in need of cleansing and healing, we're all in need of being fed by Christ. So I hope you're here to cry out to the Lord in need but I hope you're here, too, to do as the 10th leper. To give God the one thing that God doesn't have yet: your own gratitude.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |
Overall Readings

“The Lord hears their cry for assistance. Through his mission and ministry he erases any stigma, stereotypes, prejudices, oppressions resulting from skin disorders, skin color differences, foreigner status and therefore unwelcome statuses”

Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes |

“so whereas Elijah only healed one leper in the Old Testament, what does Jesus, the new Elisha, do? He heals ten lepers all at once and they don't have to go down to the Jordan River and wash seven times. He does it instantaneously. All they have to do is obey his word and start heading toward the temple and they're all cleansed”

"Leprosy in the Bible" | Brant Pitre |

“why can't all ten of them come back to Jesus? Why couldn't it have been done in community? But what if Jesus saying 'go, your faith has saved you' but what if the mission is 'go, bring back the other nine' because it's not just about the one person. It's about an entire community, the entire world.”

GatherClip | "Jesus Heals Lepers, 10 Journey Back" | Alex |

“The Jesus we meet in Luke's gospel constantly challenges existing boundaries. Jesus is the embodiment of God's hospitality. He welcomes the outsider and that surely is an important lesson for anyone who would be his disciple.”

"Ten lepers" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“The lesson I take from this is that God's healing is unconditional. That the other nine are not any less cleansed than the grateful one but that it still matters how we accept God's gift with humility, thanksgiving and recognition of God's power to save even the ungrateful”

Margaret Susan Thompson |

“our reading from sacred scripture calls us to focus on the many times that God has sent us blessings from heaven. We're also called to focus on how we receive and react to those gifts. Have we either shown gratitude or ingratitude to God for his blessing?”

Fr. Tony Ricard |