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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time A
August 24, 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.

Rock of Ages

"You are Rock, and on this rock I will build my church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it." This text, understood both in terms of papal primacy and the church's durability, surely challenges the faith of the contemporary Catholic.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus’ Identity

Jesus’ enemies feel satisfied in knowing him as “Jesus of Nazareth.” To know a person’s home village is to know everything about that person.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

John Chrysostom

Finally Jesus looked at him, reminding him of his previous assertion. Peter understood, repented of his sin, and began to weep. Mercifully, however, Jesus forgave him his sin, because he knew that Peter, being a man, was subject to human frailty.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The biblical theologian must always confess the inadequacy of his or her work. The riches and wisdom of knowledge of God are always too deep to penetrate. God’s judgments and ways are unsearchable.