LISTEN: Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

In our Gospel today, we hear how Jesus wants us to be serious about how we live our Christian life, so that we live it ever more consciously and fully, and be ready to bear the cost of that discipleship – for true discipleship requires holistic conversion – intellectually, morally, and religiously. In the process of this conversion, Jesus calls us to be ready to renounce what we hold dear.

In our second reading we see how Paul “would prefer to do nothing without your consent, in order that goodness might not be a compulsion, but of your own free will.” We have to choose to be good. We have to accept our responsibility to change and convert – because God did not create puppets. He gave us free will. In our first reading we are confronted with our limitations, and hear the desire – one I am sure we can share – to know and do God’s will.

Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90; Philemon 9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Whilst working at the Institute, Matthew managed the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and was involved in the Spirituality work, completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and the Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and was also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. He is currently the Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia. @mcharlesworth
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