This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) (Amos 7:12-15; Psalm 85; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13)
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “If you walk the path of the prophet, you will abandon your own “career” and learn to follow the promptings of the Spirit. Also, you will be opposed. Once you accept and internalize those two lessons, you are ready to be a bearer of God’s word. …”
Fr. Scott Lewis is associate professor of New Testament at Regis College in Toronto. Each week Fr. Lewis writes a short reflection on the upcoming readings in the Catholic Register.
This Sunday: “The prophet Amos was not welcome at court or near any of the centres of power in his nation. The priest at Bethel was emphatic: he was to hit the road and get out of town. The sanctuary was a centre of royal power and the warnings that Amos had been delivering were unsettling and irritating. “
Fr. Greg Friedman
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “If you ever had any doubt, today’s first reading makes it clear that prophets usually didn’t seek out their role. Amos is confronted by the priest Amaziah at the shrine of Bethel in the land of Israel. The prophet has apparently offended both the king and the priests. His reply: He didn’t want the job in the first place! It was God who called him and sent him to speak a message—unpopular though that message might be……”