ORDINARY TIME: SUNDAY 22 [C] — Jesus the Sign of Contradiction–Faith Known

LUKE 14, 1. 7 – 14   

1  On a Sabbath day Jesus had gone to share a meal in the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. 

2  Now there in front of him was a man with dropsy,

3  and Jesus addressed the lawyers and Pharisees with the words, ‘Is it against the law to cure someone on the Sabbath, or not?’

4  But they remained silent, so he took the man and cured him and sent him away.

5  Then he said to them, ‘Which of you here, if his son falls into a well, or his ox, will not pull him out on a Sabbath day without any hesitation?’

6  And to this they could find no answer.

7  He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour.  He said this,

8  ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour.  A more distinguished person than you may have been invited,

9  and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.”  And then, to your embarrassment, you will have to go and take the lowest place.

10  No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.”  Then, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured.

11  For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.’

Art Source: carolinasnalc.org

Art Source: carolinasnalc.org

12  Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relations or rich neighbours, in case they invite you back and so repay you.

13  No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;

14  then you will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you and so you will be repaid when the upright rise again.’ 







Article 59 of the General Directory for Catechesis reminds Christ’s faithful that “The model for all catechesis is the baptismal catechumenate … inspiring the other forms of catechesis in both their objectives and in their dynamism.”

518zDjbTjRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Catechesis of adults — and of adolescents and children — following article 75.1 of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults — thereby identifies the liturgical year with its celebration of the Word and prayer as appropriate in setting the direction and agenda for the continuing formation and training in the Christian life.

Themes for catechesis are generated by correlating the Gospel passage each Sunday with texts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC].

Key Themes


I Believe in Jesus Christ, Only Son of God

  • Jesus and Israel

    • Jesus and the Law

    • Jesus and Israel’s faith in One God and Saviour 


Luk 14, 1  >  CCC 575

I Believe in Jesus Christ, Only Son of God: suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Died, and was Buried

Jesus and Israel.– Many of Jesus’ deeds and words constituted a “sign of contradiction,” but more so for the religious authorities in Jerusalem, whom the Gospel according to John often calls simply “the Jews,” than for the ordinary People of God. 

Jesus the Risen Lord - Lord of the Dance Art Source: Jyoti Sahi 1980

Jesus the Risen Christ – Lord of the Dance
Art Source: Jyoti Sahi  1980

To be sure, Christ’s relations with the Pharisees were not exclusively polemical.  Some Pharisees warn him of the danger he was courting; Jesus praises some of them, like the scribe of Mark 12:34, and dines several times at their homes (Luke 14, 1).  

Jesus endorses some of the teachings imparted by this religious elite of God’s people: the resurrection of the dead, certain forms of piety –almsgiving, fasting and prayer –, the custom of addressing God as Father, and the centrality of the commandment to love God and neighbor.

Luk 14, 2 – 3  >  CCC 582

I Believe in Jesus Christ, Only Son of God: suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Died, and was Buried

Jesus and Israel: Jesus and the Law.–Going even further, Jesus perfects the dietary law, so important in Jewish daily life, by revealing its pedagogical meaning through a divine interpretation: “Whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him. …  What comes out of a man is what defiles a man.  For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts …” 

In presenting with divine authority the definitive interpretation of the Law, Jesus found himself confronted by certain teachers of the Law who did not accept his interpretation of the Law, guaranteed though it was by the divine signs that accompanied it. 

This was the case especially with the sabbath laws, for he recalls, often with rabbinical arguments, that the sabbath rest is not violated by serving God and neighbor (Luke 14, 2 – 3), which his own healings did.

Luk 14, 1  >  CCC 588

I Believe in Jesus Christ, Only Son of God: suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Died, and was Buried

Jesus and Israel: Israel’s Faith in the One God and Saviour.–Jesus scandalized the Pharisees by eating with tax collectors and sinners as familiarly as with themselves (Luke 14, 1).   Against those among them “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others,” Jesus affirmed: “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 

He went further by proclaiming before the Pharisees that, since sin is universal, those who pretend not to need salvation are blind to themselves.


Here at this Table
Janét Sullivan Whitaker

All are Welcome
Marty Haugen

Seed, Scattered and Sown
Dan Feiten

Bread for the World
Bernadette Farrell

Transfigure Us, O Lord
Bob Hurd

In this Place

Trevor Thomson and Victoria Thomson

Blest are They
David Haas



As a human Jesus lived among the people of Israel and interacted with their leaders.  He accepted what is of value in their teaching and reinterpreted other laws not in keeping with God’s compassion and universal plan of salvation.  

The deeds and words of Jesus constitute a sign of contradiction among the people of his time, and remain so today among us.

In the presence of Jesus the risen Lord what in my life and that of my communities would Christ

  • affirm and endorse, and

  • find that needs God’s saving grace?