LISTEN: Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

At the heart of today’s readings is the distinction between a gift and a reward. God is always gifting us, blessing us, and bestowing grace upon us. It is not something we can ever earn or take for granted, rather we can only say how unworthy we are of it and thank God for his abundant generosity. We read in the first reading that it is the prayer of the humble that pierces the clouds. In the psalm we hear how the poor man cried and the Lord heard him. The Gospel passage speaks about two ways of praying, a false way—that of the Pharisee—and an authentic way—that of the tax collector.

Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he looks at how we can pray when we acknowledge the many gifts God has given us.

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Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14,16-19; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14

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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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