Readings & Reflection Questions

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SUNDAY READINGS

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 15
(Cycle C)
The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 22 (Cycle C)
First Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Gospel:  Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10
First Reading: Amos 8:4-7
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Gospel:  Luke 16:1-13 or 16:10-13
Luke keeps assuring his readers of God’s amazing acceptance of sinners.  This conviction is central, of course, to all New Testament writings.  God makes the first move, even before the sinner is ready to return.  Luke recounts three parables to respond to the snobbery of some of the Pharisees and scribes. The point of the parable in today’s Gospel is that Christians should exercise at least as much clever thinking in the pursuit of good as this fellow did in the pursuit of ill-gotten gain.  Luke goes on to suggest to his audience that they are to use their money in a way that will merit God’s blessing — for example, by sharing with the poor.  One has to be concerned about money, but a thick line divides concern and being controlled.  When one steps over that line and gives oneself to money, one becomes its slave.  Quite simply, “you cannot give yourself to God and to money.”. 

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

In these parables, with which person or image do you most identify?  Explain why.

Relate a time when you felt lost and someone reached out or did not reach out to you. 

 What gives you a true feeling of security?

Describe a time in your life when your personal needs overrode the needs of others.

Tell about an experience in your life when someone did something very nice for you without expecting something in return.

 

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