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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
Experience

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The Word Engaged

John
Kavanaugh, S. J.

Self-Righteous

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.

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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.

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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.

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Preparing for Sunday

Larry
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.

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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.

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