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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
August 4, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

The High and Holy Realm

The mountain is the place of visions. There we find a lookout over distant realms. The mountain manifests beatitudes, eternal covenants, solitary confrontation with the most holy and high.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Future Plans

In today’s story Jesus is invited to be a mediator, a very difficult but highly honorable role in this culture. Conflicts can easily escalate to blood feuds that no one wants.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Basil the Great

You are the servant of the good God, a steward on behalf of your fellow servants. Do not imagine that everything has been provided for your own stomach. Take decisions regarding your property as though it belonged to another.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.


A person labors, frets and sweats—and for what? As with mist and smoke, everything vanishes eventually. Remember, these are words inspired by the communal voices of the human heart which desires solidity, permanence, and security.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The rich fool is a man who lived his life without reference to God and was caught in the toils of futility and meaninglessness (“vanity of vanities!”). He organized his life without reference to the transcendent; he did not “seek the things that are above.” So comes the crashing judgment: “This night your soul is required of you.”