Browsing the August 2019 archive of Scripture Reflection by Father Steve

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/28/19

In the Gospel today Jesus tells a parable in which the first part of the parable is directed toward the guests attending the banquet.  Jesus noticed that many of the guests were trying to get the seats of honor.  Jesus puts it this way, “Everyone who exalts themselves will ... Read More »

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 25, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/28/19

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus notes that it requires moral strength to enter the kingdom of God. It's not mere proximity to righteousness that saves. Rubbing elbows with the righteous is not the same as being truly holy ourselves. Unfortunately, we can have this attitude in many areas. It's ... Read More »

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 18, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/28/19

Jesus is divisive.  We see this throughout the Gospels, as the Pharisees critique him, the Romans condemn him, and not everyone in the crowd is enthusiastic about his words. Jesus has not come for the purpose of dividing, but what he does is so radical that it upends the ... Read More »

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 11, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/09/19

Scripture Reflection

 

"Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom," Jesus tells us. In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus reminds us to have the right attitude for the gifts and callings he wants to give us!  

"Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be." Jesus ... Read More »

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 4, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/07/19

Scripture Reflection

Are you guilty of spiritual stockpiling? Spiritual stockpiling isn't an endless rotation of rosaries and novenas. It's accumulating emotional "goods" to meet your needs. Perhaps it's a collection of material objects you treasure. Maybe it's a preoccupation with money. It could also be relationships, making sure there's ... Read More »