19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Sunday August 10, 2025
Mass Readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- First Reading – Wisdom 18:6-9: “Your people awaited the salvation of the just and the destruction of their foes.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 33: “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”
- Second Reading – Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested.”
- Gospel – Luke 12:32-48: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.”
Themes for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
The readings for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C advise us to be prepared for we do not know when our time to move from this world to the next will come. In the first reading speaks of how the Passover came suddenly The psalm sings of how God rescues us. In the second reading we are reminded of the promise of eternal life. In the gospel Jesus tells us to be vigilant, like servants awaiting the return of their master. The end will come like a thief in the night.
- Spiritual readiness
- Faith and reason
- The second coming
See the Homilies and Reflections section and the More Thoughts section for further expansion on these readings and some reflection questions for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.
Resources for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Scary Stuff – A Lesson Plan on the Second Coming
This lesson plan on the second coming of Christ will help youth understand that we don’t need to be scared of the time when Christ comes in glory at the end of time. But we do need to be prepared.
The Power of God
This prayer praises the power of God and the protection He gives us. It is based on Psalm 33, which is the responsorial psalm for this Sunday.
Guard the Treasure Game
Guard the Treasure is an active game for youth which can be played in a relativity small indoor area. One youth guards the “treasure” while the thieves try to steal it.
Homilies and Reflections for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Go on a Hero’s Journey
From Bishop Robert Barron. In our remarkable second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, the author reflects on faith as a sense of trust in God and a willingness to follow him on adventure—in short, as accepting the invitation to a hero’s journey.
Faith of Our Fathers
From Scott Hahn. We are born of the faith of our fathers, descending from a great cloud of witnesses whose faith is attested to on every page of Scripture. We have been made His people, chosen for His own inheritance, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm. Our fathers, we are told, trusted in the Word of God, put their faith in His oaths. They were convinced that what He promised, He would do.
The Greatest Surprise: Jesus’ Second Coming
What will it be like for us when Christ comes again? Will it be a great surprise, or will it be more like an unwelcome Halloween scare? Father Mike Schmitz recommends getting to know Jesus well now, so that when he comes “like a thief in the night,” we will be ready.
Faith and the Reasoning of the Religious Mind
From Bishop Robert Barron. God cannot be analyzed scientifically the way one would study the things of the world, but God can be approached through religious reasoning, or Faith. Faith is often criticized as unintelligent tomfoolery. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Catholic tradition reveals that Faith is a rational reaction to God in the religious person. It is the reasoning of the religious mind.
Giving and Receiving
Also from Bishop Barron. With the awareness that God has given all to us, we’ll realize that we are basically a gift. Gifts are meant to be given, so confidently give yourself away. Do not fear that you will become nothing by giving yourself away for by doing this the divine life fills you anew.
More Thoughts for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
The second coming of Christ was anticipated after the resurrection. But instead there were persecutions and the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. There was a shift of focus to the idea of not being attached to the things of this world. In doing that, the early Christians realized that they would be ready for the end times whenever they came.
The things of this world are not lasting. Building up wealth and power is useless. In the end, our love will be what remains. So as disciples of Jesus, we need to be focused on serving our Lord and each other.
When we become too attached to material goods and the esteem of others, we cannot see the signs of Christ among us. So we must be attentive to prayer and service instead. In this way, we will be prudent servants who are ready to greet the Lord when we see he is with us.
Reflection Questions for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- What do I do to recognize the coming of the Lord?
- How can I build up spiritual riches?
- What do I treasure in my life right now?
Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested.
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