Lectionary Reflections: Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c] July 17, 2016

Engaging Faith | Fri, Jul 8, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Center of Concern

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]

July 17, 2016


Genesis 18:1-10a

Colossians 1:24-28

Luke 10:38-42



July 18: Birthday of Nelson Mandela

July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day (

July 22: Feast of Mary of Magdala– Apostle to the Apostles



It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed towards "having" rather than "being", and which wants to have more, not in order to be more but in order to spend life in enjoyment as an end in itself. It is therefore necessary to create life-styles in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings and investments.

-John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 36

It is useless to admit that a person has a right to the necessities of life, unless we also do all in our power to supply him/her with means sufficient for his/her livelihood. 

-John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 32

The rush and pressure of modern life are a form of its innate violence. To allow myself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns. To surrender to too many projects, to want to help everyone in to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist...destroys the fruitfulness of one's own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.

-Thomas Merton

It is fitting to reflect on our responsibility to cultivate and care for the earth in accordance with God’s command (cf. Gen 2:15). We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our human family. … Consumerism and a “culture of waste” have led some of us to tolerate the waste of precious resources, including food, while others are literally wasting away from hunger.

-Pope Francis, 5 June 2013

The summertime offers many people an occasion for rest. It’s also a favorable time to take care of our human relationships. 

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, 4 July 2016


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The Lord appeared to Abraham and Sarah in the visit of three people to whom they showed hospitality. A year later they have a child.  The Lord appeared in a village in Palestine and Martha and Mary experience the loving, welcoming spirit of God in a new way.  In the words from Colossians, in both examples, a great mystery is revealed: “it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.”

We human beings are not machines to produce and consume.  We are not individuals who have to make it by ourselves.  We encounter God and life and love in relationship, in hospitality, in the wisdom of God, in a spirit of trust and hope.  That seems to be the message of the scripture today.

The gospel today speaks to those in our society who have fallen into the trap of overwork or to those who consider the only value to be the maximum production of some product or service. The gospel seems to be addressed to those who have placed work before relationship – to those who have placed things before people.

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