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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
October 6, 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.

Midwives of God

What reasons can be offered to loving spouses that they should bring children into this world? Increase my faith, I say. Give me some reason to believe. Show a sign. Make a promise


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

“Without Need”

Disciples must be compassionate as the Father is compassionate. They must forgive as often as a sinner repents.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Augustine of Hippo

We must believe, then, in order to pray; and we must ask God that the faith enabling us to pray may not fail. Faith gives rise to prayer, and this prayer obtains an increase of faith.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Divine gratitude

Even in the area of faith, as human beings, we want “affection,” that is, notice that the job was done well, and a little praise or thanks.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The request “Increase our faith” comes immediately after a warning to beware of temptations to faith (skandala).