Mass Readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- First Reading – Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4: “For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 95: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
- Second Reading – 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14: “So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
- Gospel – Luke 17:5-10: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Themes for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
The readings for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C remind us to be patient. In the first reading the prophet is calling on the Lord and nothing seems to happen. The psalm sings of hearing God’s voice. In the second reading Paul reminds us that the Spirit will give us self-control. In the gospel Jesus tells us that God does not answer to us, but we must trust that He is working in our lives.
- Serving God
- Having a servant’s heart
Resources for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
This Servant’s Heart lesson plan will help youth realize that serving God should be our priority. Sometimes we forget that and think that God is here to serve us.
This prayer is about waiting patiently for God. It is especially good for high school students and young adults who are discerning a vocation or possible career. We can be impatient about wanting an answer from God during the discernment process and this prayer is a good way to help trust that God will eventually show us where we are supposed to head.
This reflection encourages youth to think about how they need to pay attention to their faith to help it grow. As part of this reflection, youth will plants some seeds which they can take home with them.
Homilies and Reflections for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
From Bishop Robert Barron. “This week, our second reading is from Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy. From prison, Paul writes to Timothy—the master to the disciple, the mentor to the mentee, the old soldier to the young soldier—and tells him to have courage, but to attach his courage to the weapons of wisdom and love. When one stands courageously, with wisdom, with love, with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, then one is able to face down the powers of the world. When we try to fight them on their own terms, we try to conquer evil with evil, we make no progress toward the kingdom of God.”
In this reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, Jeff Cavins reflects on the Gospel reading about the mustard seed, saying that having faith is about being faithful.
From the Center for Action and Contemplation – Fr. Richard Rohr. “Has the Church become mechanistic like so many other world systems? Is it ‘stuck in a rut,’ and if so, can it find its way out of the rut into a new future? Jesus lived with imagination, and he preached with imagination: “Imagine a small mustard seed,” he said.” Continue reading.
From Loyola Press. “In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus teach about faith and service to God. The context is a continuing dialogue between Jesus and his followers about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Jesus has just finished an instruction on sin and forgiveness.” Continue reading.
Also from Bishop Robert Barron. “How could an all-loving God possibly countenance so much violence, suffering, and pain? Most questioners turned up the heat by putting special emphasis on the suffering of children and of the innocent. Every single major theologian has wrestled with the issue, as well as many of our most important artists. And our first reading clearly indicates that people in biblical times wrestled with the very same issue.”
Have you heard the phrase, “never doubt in the darkness what you knew was true in the light?” Do you find yourself intellectually convinced that our faith makes sense but in times of difficulty, struggle to assent to those truths? Fr. Mike Schmitz reflects on the virtue of faith and how we must engage not only our intellect but also our will to live out the fullness of our Catholic beliefs.
More Thoughts for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
A Servant’s Faith
As disciples, we can’t just pretend to follow Christ. True discipleship requires action. Jesus makes it very clear what we are supposed to do. We must love God and each other. We must care for the less fortunate in our midst.
Faith also requires a servant’s heart. We can’t just be people who do really good things. That can become an exercise in ego building. We feel that we are paving our path to heaven through our own actions. But we can’t earn God’s love. And we don’t have to. We are here to serve. Let God do the rest.
Reflection Questions for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- Do I tell God what I want and expect it immediately?
- How can I learn to trust that God loves me?
- Do I glorify God with my actions or do I seek recognition for myself?
Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”