Scripture Reflection - October 23, 2022

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 | 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18 | Lk 18:9-14





The Gospel reading of this Sunday places us directly in the middle of normal life experiences.


Today more than ever given the internet, we live “shoulder to shoulder” with our neighbors and each of us follows a way of life that has impacted how we feel about life, our relationships, and our interaction with God.


We are each faced with the realities that confront us and our responses to life’s challenges are steeped in our understanding of our relationships with others and with God. At a time when our neighbors are not just those “next door” but worldwide, we can be tempted to categorize them as “tax collectors” -or worse-and even as today’s Scripture implies, we can neglect to recognize ourselves as sinners.


Our reflection on today’s Scripture will, with God’s grace, help us to recognize and confront our own weaknesses and sins while considering that the same efforts are likely to be undertaken not only by our neighbors next door but by those who are worldwide.


And so, let us ask the Lord of the Universe to broaden our vision and renew our efforts to be humbly aware of our sins even as we seek to place ourselves in His eternal Presence.



Sr. Kathleen Sullivan