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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
January 31, 2016

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Who's a Prophet?

Sometimes, indeed, the [prophet's] message does include reference to the future, but mainly it is a message the community needs to hear regarding how it ought to alter its way of proceeding in the present.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus the Prophet

Jesus stirs controversy at the very least because he does not seem to be carrying on Joseph’s trade. He is doing something different. This is a breach of family honor not readily countenanced in the Mediterranean world.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Justice Done in Love

A case can be made that our economic and social way of life is not only joyless, but unkind, impatient, and rude. Arrogance, boasting, and pomposity blight media and marketing. The sheer in-your-face of athletics and television talk shows typifies political posturing.


from the
Early Church

Cyril of Alexandria

Through Christ we bear fruit, as he himself taught us when he said: “I tell you truly that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains as it is, a single grain; but if it dies, it bears a rich harvest.”


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

“I have appointed you as prophet to the nations,” calls special attention to this universality of Jeremiah’s mission because of the Epiphany season and also because of the Gospel Reading.