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Study of the Readings

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, ed.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings


The Word Encountered

Kavanaugh, S. J.

A secret consolation is this: if our hearts are stung by Jesus’ challenge to the Pharisees, our hearts are almost healed.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

In an honor-based culture, conflict is unavoidable. All males must engage either in public display of honor or in challenges to the honor claims of others.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

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

Commentary: Irenaeus

Knowledge is of no avail without the love of God, nor is understanding of mysteries, faith, or prophecy. Without love all are vain and profitless.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Whatever we do know we learned because it had some kind of relationship with something or someone we do know.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Again, the distinction between the written law and the tradition does not adequately represent Jesus’ teaching on the law, which is critical even of the law itself when it is used as a cloak for disobedience.