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23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time A
September 7, 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.

Challenge in Community

Encountering the truth with another person daunts us because it makes us face another being who cannot be reduced to our own desires or projections.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Defusing Conflict

In societies where honor is the core value, it is very easy to sin against another, to offend another’s honor. People learn from an early age the potentially fatal consequences of such an offense.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

John Chrysostom

Think to what high honor you raise yourself when you regard someone else’s salvation as a matter of extreme importance. As far as is humanly possible you imitate God himself.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

This Gospel reading is closely connected to last week's. These are the only passages in all four Gospels in which the term "church" (ekklesia) occurs. Both passages include the promise about binding and loosing.