About the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Sunday, October 23, 2022
The readings for Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C focus on God’s mercy for the poor and the humble.
In the first reading we are told that God hears those who cry out in pain. And the psalm echoes this sentiment. In the second reading Paul speaks of feeling deserted by all those around him, but the Lord stood by him. In the gospel Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.
Daily Mass Readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- First Reading – Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18: “The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, judges justly and affirms the right, and the Lord will not delay.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 34: “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”
- Second Reading – 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
- Gospel – Luke 18:9-14: “The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.'”
Themes for the Readings
- Trust in God
Resources for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Psalm 34, the responsorial psalm for this Sunday, is a prayer of thanksgiving which David prayed when God delivered him from his enemies. This prayer based on Psalm 34 expresses this same sentiment. God delivers those who are weak and broken and powerless.
This lesson plan encourages youth to consider why humility is an important aspect of discipleship. We should look up to Jesus. We should not spend our energy trying to get people to look up to us.
This prayer asks for the grace to be humble, and to let go of our own need to be important, so that Jesus Christ can be exalted.
Jesus is asking us to be humble servants. This prayer asks for the grace to serve with humility.
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I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.Luke 18:14
Homilies and Reflections for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Bishop Robert Barron reflects on the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Our liturgy and prayer must make us humble and open to love. Otherwise there is no point.
Dr. Scott Hahn explains that these readings show us that God does not play favorites. He cannot be bribed or impressed. We must not take pride in our piety.
More Themes for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Pharisees were held in high esteem in Jewish culture. Tax collectors, on the other hand, were collaborators with the Romans. They also cheated people to increase their earnings. So they were despised. So for Jesus to tell this story where the Pharisee is the “villain” and the tax collector is the “hero” is a complete reversal of how these roles were perceived.
Jesus is showing us that it is not social status which matters in the eyes of God. He cares about how our hearts are oriented. We must remember that everything we are and have comes from God. And we are all in need of God’s mercy. When we start thinking that praying and following the rules somehow earn us a special place in the Kingdom of God, then we are relying on our own efforts instead of trusting in God.
Reflection Questions for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- 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?
- Are there individuals or groups of people whom I look down upon?
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