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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
September 15, 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.

Prodigal Love

One need not be St. Paul, once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a man filled with arrogance, to thank God for being treated mercifully in this life and hereafter.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Offensive Behavior

The two sons in this parable are essentially the same and equally offensive. They differ only in their response to unexpected and undeserved love demonstrated by their humiliated father.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Peter Chrysologus

The loss of a single sheep made the shepherd grieve as though the whole flock were no longer in safe keeping but had gone astray.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Love and the Reaso-nable

Being forgiven is not reasonable and neither is being loved. Forgiving oneself is different from forgetting. Holding on to one’s identity, no matter how painful the grip might be, is easier than letting go to the simple reception of being known and loved.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The atonement is not the human act of the Son appeasing an angry Deity, but God’s gift to his people, in which he undertakes to do for them what they could not do for themselves.