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Fifth Sunday of Lent C
March 17. 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.

Resenting Forgiveness

Unlike Paul, most of us expend our energy for lesser things. We try so hard, not only to win the game of life, but to merit eternal life itself. We think our efforts count so much; we hack away at our salvation.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus As Judge

Jesus, as usual, is clever in wiggling out of the dilemma. He buys time for himself by doodling on the ground, a common custom among Mediterranean peasants when distraught.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Augustine of Hippo

You see then that the Lord does indeed pass sentence, but it is sin he condemns, not people.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Our fractions or breakings or break-ups can be painful and bring a sense of our losing control of even the small things. We pray for God to put our pieces back together in the celebration of the Eucharist,


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

In Second Isaiah, the impending return from exile in Babylon is depicted as a new Exodus. The “former things” and the “things of old” refer to the first Exodus.