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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
September 29, 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.

Problems with Corporate Wealth

If we open our eyes to the Word of God and unstop our ears to hear the cry of the poor, we will not automatically endorse some political or economic policy.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Rich and the Poor

To be poor is to have lost one’s basic status, whether landowner or beggar, temporarily. The Bible frequently mentions poor widows and orphans in one breath–neither status is viewed as permanent.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

John Chrysostom

If you show much eagerness in welcoming some famous and distinguished person you do nothing remarkable. But we do something truly great and admirable when we give a most courteous welcome to all, even the outcasts of society or people of humble condition.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Concern for the poor

We do not do the “God Thing” (Mass) and then get on with things. The Eucharist de-partmentalizes life, and my actions after the liturgy become as holy as the actions we perform within the liturgy. Everything is holy now and now and now again.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The rich man asks that Lazarus be allowed to convey a special warning to his five brothers, who are still alive. The answer is that they have the word of Scripture, and that is sufficient.