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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time A
August 17, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

All Equal, Each Unique

Human persons are endowed with the capacity to take possession of their lives and offer their lives in faith. This is what makes every man and woman wholly equal before the world and God.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Honor & Shame

Always keep in mind the very public dimension of life in the Middle East. There is always a crowd at hand to watch, judge, and decide whether to grant honor or impute shame.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

John Chrysostom

He was teaching us that he had withheld the gift not to drive her away, but to make that woman’s patience an example for all of us.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Paul’s view of salvation history causes difficulties for us today. For one thing, he expected the End to come very soon. He did not think in terms of several millennia of history.