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Study of the Readings

Ed. Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Happiness in Hard Times

Luke’s Gospel heightens this paradoxical affirmation of hope despite almost impossible odds. Christ’s imminent coming is announced, in the first chapter, in the ominous shadow of Tiberius’s rule.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins

Given the general Mediterranean cultural delight in deception and lying, prophets and reformers affirmed that God is not pleased with or duped by pretense or sham.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Origen of Alexandria

I urge you not to present yourselves for baptism without thinking very carefully, but to give some evidence that you really mean to change your way of living.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Baruch images a return to Jerusalem as promised and also the return of God’s faithful love for all God’s holy and redeemed people. They have been remembered by God. The way will be made clear as will the mercy and justice of God.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Like the Book of Daniel, it is attributed to a figure of the past
—Baruch was Jeremiah’s secretary. The book presupposes for its situation the Babylonian Exile (586-538 B.C.), but it consists of various materials written later.