LISTEN: Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

Would you invite Jesus to a dinner party? Read the Gospels carefully before you answer that question!

The Pharisees don’t seem to learn – this is the third time that they have invited Jesus to a dinner party but also the third time it gets a bit awkward and ends up in a disaster for the host.

Jesus is that guest we all don’t like having – he is hard work, he speaks his mind and upsets other guests!

Sometimes, I notice, parents use the time at the dinner table to chat to their children – a moment of reflection and teaching as they look back over the day. They muse over the events and encounters and talk about them so that the children learn something from their experience. Jesus goes to dinner parties, I think, not for the gourmet food but to teach, to help people reflect on their experience. The Gospel text we hear this weekend is no exception. Jesus teaches us four lessons.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Ecclesiasticus 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Psalm 68; Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24; Luke 14:1,7-14

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
B.A. (UNISA) B.D. (Urbaniana) M.Th. (UKZN)

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

r.pollitt@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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