8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Bishop Barron Sunday Podcast
Fr. Andrew Ricci
Friends, there are a lot of people claiming to be spiritual gurus, teachers, and guides today. But is the person to whom you’ve entrusted your life spiritually blind? Whom are you going to follow, and why? Toward the end of Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, Jesus—the definitive spiritual guide—offers us important lessons that help us discern our spiritual guides.
Podcasts from the Word on Fire archives (2000-present) which pertain to this Sunday’s readings.
NOTE: Usually, Lent has already started by now, but this year it is late. When the Church’s liturgical calendar return to ordinary time in June, it resumes with the 9th or 10th Sunday of the year, so the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time is rarely celebrated.
Our Gospel for this weekend comes from the end of the Sermon on the Plain, which is St. Luke’s version, more or less, of the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew’s account. Jesus has been operating as the definitive spiritual teacher here, and at the end of his address, he has some strong things to say about false spiritual teachers. Every spiritual teacher and guru is eager to tell you what’s wrong with you. But unless they’ve surrendered to Christ and found salvation in him themselves, they are absolutely in no position to help you.
Fr. Andrew Ricci
Priest of Diocese of Superior, WI; Rector of Christ the King Cathedral, Pastor of St. Anthony Church in Superior, WI; St. Anthony in Lake Nebagamon, WI; and St. William in Foxboro, WI.
Fr. JD Matherne
Pastor of St. Hilary in Mathews in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux | Diocesan Vocations Director
Fr. Cory Sticha
Priest of Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, MT; Pastor of Sacred Heart in Cascade and St. Ann’s in Fort Shaw | RSS
Priest at St. Sebastian Church in Akron, Ohio