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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time C
February 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.

Justice Done in Love

A staggering thought, however, is that such love should mark the way we live as social beings. Christians must love others as God has loved us. And this, it seems, is a command of screaming impracticality.


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.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Cyril of Alexandria

Now by the poor we may understand those who were then deprived of all spiritual blessings and who lived in the world without hope and without God, as scripture says.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Faith is an insult to the scientifically data-based spirit of our day. Hope is an insult to the desperately-communicating tell-me-who I- am cell-phoney world. Love is an insult to our strip-me and leave-me half dead, society.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Jeremiah’s mission is not merely to Israel but to “the nations.” Since the time of Amos, the prophets had a strong sense of God as the sovereign Lord of all history, not just that of his people.