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Study of the Readings

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, ed.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Reading


The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, S. J.

Death by water. Or death for lack of it. Whichever, they may well symbolize our deepest dreads.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Since scholars recognize Mark’s as the earliest of the Gospels, his simple version of the Temptation of Jesus is also considered the primitive report which Matthew and Luke embellished...


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Edith Barnecut, O.S.B., ed.

John Justus Landsberg

Everything the Lord Jesus decided to do, everything he chose to endure, was ordained by him for our instruction, our correction, and our advantage...


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

In the first few verses of Genesis, God is pictured as hovering over the waters and breathing upon them and bringing about light and dark, heaven and earth and God saw that it was “good.”


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

An analysis of the readings for this Sunday.