Study of the ReadingsEd. by Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point • First Two Readings
Stumbling Stone, Burning Heart, Living Sacrifice
Paul himself, in the Second Reading (from Romans), supplies a stunning image for Christian service that deserves our attention. “Offer your bodies,” he writes, “as a living sacrifice.”
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Not Conforming to the Age
“It is like a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.” The gift of prophecy required a life of resistance.
John J. Pilch
Jesus’ claim to honor is that God wills his suffering and death at the hands of his enemies, but that God will bestow even greater honor by raising him from the dead.
What we love indicates the sort of people we are, and therefore making a decision about this should be our one concern in choosing a way of life.
Reginald H. Fuller
Transformation takes place through hearing the Word of God and through offering oneself to God in union with Christ’s suffering. This takes place quite concretely in the liturgy.