August 28
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 / Ps 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 / Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a / Lk 14:1, 7-14

According to, the average length of a sentence in today’s world is 15 to 20 words, compared to 70 words in the sixteenth century.  In today’s second reading, St Paul uses 65 words in one sentence.  He is credited with the longest sentence in the Bible at 202 words in his letter to the Ephesians.  Many things change over time, while some things, like Wisdom, are always what they were and will be.  Change can be hard, even painful, maybe even inconceivable.  Jesus, in today’s Gospel, dined with the leading Pharisees on the Sabbath.  The Pharisees and those present were “observing him carefully.”  The New Covenant dining with the Old.  God’s ways, many times, are not our ways.  Humility can usher in change in dramatic ways.  As we reflect on our Lord’s life, we are told the story of humility.  Perhaps no there is no greater sign of humility than the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity contained in the Eucharist.  In this the year of the Eucharist, our diocese chose only one word, Given!