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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
October 27, 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.


All Souls Day used to be a bargain day for indulgences, more opportune than a fire sale, where you could participate in the eternal liberation of some lost, perhaps totally forgotten spirit.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Divine Reversal

The tax agent stands far off and adopts the customary posture for prayer: arms crossed over the chest and eyes cast downward. To strike the breast is a Middle-Eastern gesture peculiar to women. Men use it only in extreme anguish.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Gregory Palamas

Why does humility raise us to the heights of holiness, and self-conceit plunge us into the abyss of sin? It is because when we have a high regard for ourselves, God quite reasonably abandons us, since we think we have no need of his assistance.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

The Reversal of Holiness

This week as we walk our ways and pray our days, we might hold up to God those shame-places and even pray with the cover-ups with which we think we dazzle others.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The Pharisee was quite right in performing his religious and moral duties. He was not like other people:
extortioners, unjust, adulterers. Clearly, Jesus’ hearers would say of the Pharisee that he was a righteous man.