17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C


The readings for this Sunday remind us again of God’s boundless love for those who believe. Our faith in God will bear unimaginable rewards if we ask in prayer.

In the first reading, God reveals his mercy for the sinful people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham pleads with the Lord not to destroy them, even though few good people remain. Abraham’s persistence and belief in God are an example for us of the power of prayer.

The psalm similarly speaks of God’s constant faith and mercy. The psalmist offers praise and thanksgiving to God, who hears the cry of the people in distress. In the second reading, Paul reminds the community in the city of Colossae and ourselves today that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross has brought everlasting life and forgiveness for all our sins.

As Jesus teaches the disciples in the Gospel how to pray to the Father, he also encourages us to believe that we can ask God for anything and that our faith will be rewarded simply because of the immensity of God’s love.

Let us have renewed efforts for every opportunity to show our faith and trust by placing the needs of those suffering before the God who loves us all. We particularly remember those who are suffering in war and conflicts.

Joy and Peace