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Study of the Readings

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, ed.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings


The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, S. J.

Some of us wondered what happened to all the countless children of the world who suffered, not only for lack of food, but for want of faith in Jesus. Limbo was proposed as an answer to our cares...


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

In today’s selection, the Johannine Jesus points to himself as the noble shepherd who contrasts starkly with the hireling...


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Edith Barnecut, O.S.B., ed.

Basil of Seleucia
Death held sway until Christ died. The grave was bitter, our prison was indestructible, until the shepherd went down and brought to his sheep confined there the good news of their release...


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

The temple officials and religious leaders have arrested Peter and John after the healing of the man who was crippled. Many, because of this healing, were coming to believe in their message about Jesus.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

An analysis of the readings for this Sunday.