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Study of the Readings

Ed. Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Encountered

Kavanaugh, S. J.

The King’s Standard

Jesus says that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a kingdom not fought for with old means of warfare. Rather, it testifies to truth. It will not kill for the truth, it will die for it.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Kingship and Truth

Jesus’ followers are not subjects in a kingdom but persons who hear the truth and respond to it. It is in this and not in a political sense that Jesus can be understood as king and possessing a kingdom.


Thoughts from the
Early Church


His kingdom is here until the end of time, and until the harvest it will contain weeds. The harvest is the end of the world, when the reapers, who are the angels, will come


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Jesus can seem to us as a someone who is constantly asking, commanding more of us than is possible. We might know persons in whose presence we feel judged, diminished or disregarded.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Jesus insists that in a certain sense, not as yet defined, he is a king. Pilate therefore repeats the first question, thus giving Jesus a chance to state his own definition of kingship. He has come into the world to be the bearer of the divine revelation.