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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time B
October 18, 2015

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Jesus, Lay High Priest

The author of Hebrews insists that it is Jesus’ human experience of suffering that puts him in full solidarity with humanity and especially qualifies him as mediator.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Lording It over the Rest

Those who are above are the top dogs. They call the shots. They lord it over the rest of us. They pull the strings. When we feel below, we tend to resent those above. Or wish we could get to their status.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Aquiring Honor

In Mediterranean culture, the head of the family fills the cups of all at table. Each one is expected to accept and drink what the head of the family has given.


from the
Early Church

John Chrysostom

Before the incarnation and self-abasement of Christ the whole world was in a state of ruin and decay, but when he humbled himself he lifted the world up.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The temptations were temptations to abandon [his] role and to follow a different line. Jesus’ sinlessness, accordingly, means his total commitment to his Father’s call to perform this unique function in salvation history.