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8th Sunday of Ordinary Time A
March 2, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Only in God

Our failings and disap-pointments so easily unsettle us. The sense that we are passed over or unappreciated casts us down. The threat of ill health or helplessness can freeze us in fear.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Serving Two Masters

To achieve authentic righteousness, such as would surpass that sought by the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus urges his disciples to be certain that their mouth-ear and hands-feet zones are well aligned with their heart-eyes zone. All zones should be focused on God.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Pseudo Macarius

Examine yourself, then, to see whether worldly cares may still have a hold on you; whether you are very preoccupied with feeding and clothing your body, and with your other pursuits and your recreation, as though your own power kept you alive.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Anxiety is the result of listening to the serpent’s temptation of Adam and Eve: “you will be like God.”