September 1, 2023 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

A man prays during a Holy Hour marking the feast of Divine Mercy at Christ the King Church in Commack, N.Y., April 16, 2023. (OSV News photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Source & Summit: The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it. 

-The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of The Parish. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace.

Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


Sunday, September 3, 2023: 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jeremiah 20:7—9

Psalm 63: 2—9

Romans 12:1—2

Matthew 16: 21—27


We can, over time, become enthralled in the trance of our work.  It is all-important, it must be done right away, it won’t get done without me, I cannot stop or it will fall apart, it is all up to me, terrible things will happen if I do not get this done.  I have to keep working because I have things to buy and there are bills to pay for those things and I have to buy faster computers and more expensive telephones to help me get more done so I can keep up and make money to pay the bills for the things I need to buy to help me to get these things done.

Once we are in this trance, there never seems to be a good enough reason to stop. The wisdom of Sabbath time is at a prescribed moment, it is time to stop.  We cannot wait until we are finished because we are never finished.  We cannot wait until we have everything we need, because the mind is seduced by endlessly multiplying desires.  We cannot wait until things slow down because the world is moving faster and faster, and we cannot be left behind.  There are always a million reasons to keep on going, and never a good enough reason to stop.

-Wayne Muller


To learn more about the Diocese of Owensboro’s celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, visit

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