Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year C

Parents raising young children know very well the challenges of guiding their little ones to be respectful and polite when asking for something. It is not always easy for children to grasp the difference between, “Give me that!” and “May I please have the ball?” Consequently, they often need to be told, “It’s how you ask for something.” Even then, we know there’s more behind those instructions than just the right words.

Jesus’ parable about the two men who went to the temple to pray has to do with how we ask for something, but in the same way it is not just a matter of the right words. It has everything to do with our attitude, everything to do with our heart.

Augustine For Today


“The glory of the martyrs in the celebration of their feasts is something people can observe, but what cannot be seen is how great it is with God. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. How immensely precious, and what’s more in the sight of the Lord! Because when they were being slaughtered in the sight of men, they were worthless. How could the blood of the martyrs have been shed so freely, if it hadn’t been worthless to those who were shedding it? Those who were killing the martyrs didn’t know it was going to seed itself. From those few, you see, falling into the earth this crop has sprung.”

Sermon 335E, 2