26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Published on 23 Sep 2019
James Tissot picture of Lazarus, with the dogs

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever

O God, who manifest your almighty power

above all by pardoning and showing mercy,

bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us,

and make those hastening to attain your promises

heirs to the treasures of heaven.

This week’s readings remind us that we are called to share our gifts and possessions with those who have less than we do. Our faith in the promises of Jesus is demonstrated by the way we live.

In the First Reading the prophet Amos speaks forcefully to those who enjoy a life of luxury and leisure but ignore what is happening in the world around them. He tells them that God deplores the way they are living.

The Gospel story illustrates how those who want to follow God’s values must take care of the poor and those in need. Jesus points out to his hearers that he is not saying anything that Moses and the prophets have not already told them.

The Psalm is a hymn of praise to the Lord who is on the side of those who are oppressed, who gives food to the hungry and sets prisoners free, who raises up those who are bowed down. In our day, we can help to fulfil these promises for those in need.

Paul exhorts Timothy to live as a man dedicated to God should live (Second Reading). By doing so he will be a witness for Jesus, speaking up for the truth.

This week we pray to live even more faithfully as Jesus’s disciples.

You must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle.      Second Reading

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever, who is just to those who are oppressed.       Psalm

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.      Gospel Acclamation

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Amos 6: 1, 4–7; Psalm 145 (146); 1 Timothy 6: 11–16; Luke 16: 19–31