Lectionary Reflections: Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c] October 16, 2016

Engaging Faith | Thu, Nov 17, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]

October 16, 2016



Exodus 17:8-13

2 Timothy 3:14-4:2

Luke 18:1-8



October 16: World Food Day

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 19: Feast of the North American Martyrs

October 22: Feast of Saint John Paul II



We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 229

Responsible action for resistance, correct, and healing are among the truest expressions of living faith.

— Elizabeth Johnson C.S.J., She Who Is, 268

The promotion of peace in the world is an integral part of the Church’s mission of continuing Christ’s work of redemption on earth. 

— Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 516

May the day come when international relationships will be characterized by respect and friendship, when mutual cooperation will be the hallmark of collaborative efforts, and when concerted effort for the betterment of all nations will be regarded as a duty by every nation.

— Pope Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 26 March 1967

Saint Francis witnesses to respect for everyone, he testifies that each of us is called to protect our neighbor, that the human person is at the center of creation, at the place where God – our creator – willed that we should be. Not at the mercy of the idols we have created!

— Pope Francis, 4 October 2013 at Assisi

Let us respect each human being. May there be an end to armed conflicts which cover the earth with blood; may the clash of arms be silenced; and everywhere may hatred yield to love, injury to pardon, and discord to unity. Let us listen to the cry of all those who are weeping, who are suffering and who are dying because of violence, terrorism, or war, in the Holy Land, so dear to Saint Francis, in Syria, throughout the Middle East, and everywhere in the world.

— Pope Francis, 4 October 2013 at Assisi

A great cultural, spiritual, and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 202

Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 205


Thoughts for Your Consideration

At the end of today’s gospel, Jesus wonders whether the Son of Man will find faith at the end of time. To put it in other words:

  • Will people remain faithful to the spirit of God – the spirit of Jesus? 
  • Will human beings allow themselves to be transformed by the radical vision of Jesus? 
  • Will peace and justice prevail? 
  • Will our society care for those in need, like the widow?
  • Will we be able to deal with the serious issues of the day like global climate change and terrorism and racism?

Jesus proclaimed a radical message about God’s love for all of us. Jesus offered a radical invitation to love one another without condition – to love those who are different than ourselves, to love even our enemies.  In a world with many examples of hatred, violence, racism, war, and unnecessary death, Jesus appears with the radical call for us to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek, to trust in the way of peace, and to be especially concerned for those most in need. 

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