Scripture Reflections for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C, Lectionary 99

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: ChangeChoiceCommandmentCommitmentCrossDetachmentDiscernDiscipleEgoElijahElishaFocusFollowFreedomJerusalemJourneyJoyLoveLukeNeighborPaulPriorityRevelationSacrificeStruggleSurrenderTrustValue

1 Kings 19:16, 19-21
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
Galatians 5:1, 13-18

“that's the basic point that he's trying to make in this passage, right? That if you are in Christ you are free from the law. You do not need to be circumcised in order to be saved.”

"St. Paul and the “Yoke” of the Law" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 9:51-62

“why did he decide to go through Samaria? would be in Samaria that he would encounter not only obstacles but opportunities to spread the Good News”

Monsignor Raymond East |
Overall Readings

“We, as Jesus’ disciples were, are being invited to embrace freedom and shift our attention onto something else...We are being asked to focus on the kingdom of God—not to be absorbed by what we lose when we say 'yes' to following Jesus. There is a cost to discipleship, but there's so much more to gain”

Krista Chinchilla-Patzke |

“We get so caught up in the preparation that we don’t appreciate the invitation. But the marvelous thing about that even when we don’t answer 'correctly' she finds a way of repeating herself and she will continue asking until we’re ready.”

Elizabeth Turnwald |

“Jesus here is calling for a radical detachment from past life, from past sins but also from good things like parents and family and land...Jesus is saying, 'none of those things can come ahead of me.' That's the cost of discipleship.”

"The Cost of Discipleship" | Brant Pitre |

“As Christians our journey is characterized by forward ever, backward never. We look ahead to eternal life. We do not bury our heads in the past and regret. And we are not obsessed with the great things of the past.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“In the face of endless temptations to wait for the right moment, or the perfect person, or the ideal situation, Jesus calls us to follow him here and now.”

"No looking back" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“The call to Christ, the call to holiness is absolute, church. There's no compromise”

"Before I Let Go" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |

“the hard news is that Jesus is saying that nothing can keep you from the will of God. Nothing should stop you from doing God's will not even your highest vocation, not even your highest obligations like family”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |