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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 17, 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

Martha Unmasked

In this account, it is not Abraham's hospitality that is the focus; it is rather the Lord's surprising fulfillment of the covenantal promises, bringing fertility to the sterile bodies of Abraham and Sarah.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Freedom on the Journey

What is Martha to do? Sit down too, and let the stew boil over? If she also rests at Jesus’ feet, who is going to serve? How will they eat? What will they have? Nothing will get done.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Mary, Martha,
and Jesus

When men are healed in Luke, they respond spontaneously and run out to spread the word. When Simon's mother-in-law is healed, her first response is the measured activity of serving a meal.


from the
Early Church

of Segni

Daily the Lord Jesus enters in, not thinking that frequent visits are beneath his dignity. There he is welcomed by Martha, who takes him into her home.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Activism must spring from hearing the word of God. Most of us would feel that we have to combine Mary and Martha—
hearing the word of God and going out into the world in active service.