Scripture Reflections for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 150

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: BattleCharityCommandmentCommunityConfessEgoFaithForgiveHumilityHypocriteJourneyJudgmentJusticeJustificationLibationListenLoveMercyPhariseesPovertyPrayerPridePublicanRationalizeRelationshipSinSufferingVirtueWelcome

Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23
Luke 18:9-14

“There is nothing we offer to God that was not first given to us by God as a gift. The only thing we can offer to God that we did not get from God are our sins.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“Jesus, according to Luke, is giving this parable to those who are proud. So just as the parable of the Persistent Widow was for those who are losing heart in the midst of prayer, this parable is for people who are struggling with or maybe not struggling with the sin of pride”

"Pride in the Bible" | Brant Pitre |
Overall Readings

“It is when we start to open up our understanding of poor we will not only see our own poverty we will begin to fully hear and understand the 'cry of the poor' around us. And when we hear we can do something. Right, church? Like praying, yes? And it is through our prayer that we are led to action.”

Damian Torres-Botello, SJ |

“Perhaps a lesson here is that a goodness that leads to moral slumber can bear evil fruits, like xenophobia, just as the sin that awakens our conscience can bear the good fruit of humility and mercy.”

Sam Rocha |

“What is true humility?...Having your feet firmly planted on the ground. In other words, it's being honest about who we are before God.”

"The Pharisee and the tax collector" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“Jesus is asking something of us today. It's an invitation to greater awareness, to catch ourselves when we're feeding our own self-righteousness and allowing ourselves to despise another human being. That's the moment to say, 'oh God, be merciful to me a sinner'”

Ellie Hidalgo |

“God invites us to help incarnate his love, mercy, and justice in the world. Today's readings instruct us to focus on the cry of the poor because God by his very nature cannot be indifferent to the cries and suffering of his children.”

Verónica Rayas |

“One really basic and hugely important truth about all of our connection with the divine is that God initiates it and we respond”

GatherClip | "Approaching God in Prayer like the Pharisee and Tax Collector" | Sr. Joanne |

“It's not our task to tell God what he's going to do. It's our task in prayer to ask God to shower us with his grace and the way that he sees fit.”

Fr. Tony Ricard |

“when we want to compare people, we compare them according to our prejudices and then we end up to judge them and then we become like the Pharisee. So we have to be careful when we compare ourselves to others, when we compare people to each other, we commit the sin of judgment.”

Fr. Didace Kamana |