Sunday, October 23, 2022
The readings for Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year C focus on God’s mercy for the poor and the humble. In the first reading (Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18) we are told that God hears those who cry out in pain. The psalm (Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23) sings “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” In the second reading (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18) Paul speaks of feeling deserted by all those around him, but the Lord stood by him. In the gospel (Luke 18:9-14) Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.
Do I trust in my own strength and look out for myself? Or do I believe that if I let go of power that God will care for me? Here are some ideas: