Wisdom and Service in Scripture

Readings for Sunday, October 2, 2022 — 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • The Prophet Habakkuk begins his prophecy with a complaint. The lawlessness and cruelty of the people of God overwhelm him. He’s frustrated that God seems to be silent in the face of these atrocities. God’s answer to the prophet is to wait and trust. The will of God is unfurling all around him and exactly in the time that God has planned. What wisdom do Habakkuk’s words and the divine answer he is given impart to us today?
  • Paul writes to Timothy from his prison cell in Rome. Many in the early Christian community have deserted Paul, perhaps fearful that his fate would become their own. Paul writes to encourage Timothy to continue living and preaching his faith. What does Paul’s exhortation to “bear your share of hardship for the gospel” mean in our lives? What can you do to support Christians throughout the world who risk their lives to proclaim the gospel?
  • Jesus informs his disciples that servants are not given accolades for doing what they are obliged to do. We are servants of God and recipients of extravagant grace, mercy, and love. How can Jesus’  challenging words transform your attitude toward serving our families, communities, and world? What can you do to further act on these words?