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Study of the Readings

Ed. Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Encountered

Kavanaugh, S. J.

When There Seems Nothing Left

How often the mere pennies of others replenish us. It happens in those moments when someone seems to have nothing much to give us


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Scribes & Widows

Because widows were not included in Hebrew inheritance laws, their constant concern was simply living from day to day. Any resources this widow had were meager at best.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Paulinus of Nola

For there is a freedom that is baser than slavery, namely, freedom from justice. Whoever has that kind of freedom is a slave of sin and a prisoner of death.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

A drought, a widow, a widow in deep need having so little, a word-promise from the invisible God through the play of a holy man are the elements. Will God be faithful? Will the woman trust? Is the prophet too demanding?


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The denunciation of the scribes forms the conclusion to the series of Jerusalem conflict stories, whose function is to show the widening gulf between Jesus and the Jerusalem authorities...