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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
October 20, 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.


Perhaps Jesus meant the story of the widow to represent the state of humanity itself, suffering in the wound of time. The very condition of our fallen creaturehood needs some final healing.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Shameless Behavior

The widow is truly alone and therefore in a very vulnerable situation. At the same time, she is desperate. Being already deprived of everything of value in this society, what else does she have to lose? Her life?


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Gregory of Nyssa

I think that even if we spent the whole of our lives in communion with God through thanksgiving and prayer, we should still be as far from adequately repaying our benefactor as we should have been had we not even desired to repay him.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

This is not a story about praying till we get what we want. It is an encouragement to pray so that we might wait and watch for God’s comings and goings.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

One of the most important duties of the “man of God” (this is a term accorded to Moses in the Old Testament) is the study of Scripture.