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31st Sunday of Ordinary Time C
November 3, 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.


My paltry prudence, my so-called sense of justice, shrinks in the presence of wisdom. God, indeed, overlooks our sins so that we might repent and thereby change.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

“Mr. Clean, Mr. Pure, Mr. Inno-cent”

When Jesus invites himself to Zacchaeus’ house, the Pharisees grumble that he is a “sinner.” Zacchaeus defends himself quite pointedly.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Philoxenus of Mabbug

Nothing can bind or impede the soul that senses God: it is open and ready, so that the light of the divine voice, each time it comes, finds the soul capable of receiving it.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

God is the lover of all things and could never “hate” anything because God created everything out of love. The only thing God did not create is the one thing we can offer to God and that is our sin.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Zacchaeus’ determination to see Jesus and his climbing up into the sycamore tree are taken as a sign of genuine faith, which could break through the barriers between God and human beings set up by the Law.