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11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
June 12, 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

The Forgiven Life

Whereas the Pharisee had been distantly relating to Jesus only to size him up and to find reason to reject him and his message, [the woman] had fully responded to Jesus' call to repentance.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

of Faith

If we experience ourselves unable to fully trust that God could unconditionally love us, the indirect method of parables sometimes is the most effective strategy to help us accept the mystery of our own redemption.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Experiencing Forgiveness

Anyone who witnessed the woman's uninhibited display of love and gratitude could conclude from her actions that she had already experienced forgiveness of sin. “Her many sins have surely been forgiven by God since she has shown such love.”


from the
Early Church


He has promised to forgive your sins, however many they are; will you tell him you cannot believe this and dispute with him, saying that your sin is too great; he cannot heal your sickness?


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

We can only understand the woman's action in one way. Her extrava-
gant act of devotion is a sign that her sins, “which are many,” have already been forgiven. How were they forgiven? By Jesus' acceptance of her, sinner though she was.