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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time C
September 1, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Reversals of Fortune

This seems like a bit of advice from Dale Carnegie on how to win friends and influence people: If you want to look good, put on the mask of humility. But it is clear that Jesus is not offering mere courtly etiquette. He is talking about an existential reality.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Table Manners

The host and his guests were “watching” Jesus closely. The word used here and elsewhere in Luke implies “hostile observation.” They hope to catch him in a short
-coming of some sort. The apparently “honorable” invitation is actually hypocritical.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Bruno of Segni

Whoever you may be who still desire the first place here—go and sit in the last place. Do not be lifted up by pride, inflated by knowledge, elated by nobility, but the greater you are the more you must humble yourself in every way,


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Divine Giver

Remember you are gifted by a Divine Giver and when you remain peacefully grateful you will experience being loved by God and others.

A wise person listens deeply with both the outer and inner ears.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The humble person finds “favor in the sight of the Lord,” not because that favor is a reward for humility, but because humility, like faith, means abandoning self-assertion.