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Looking More Closely at the Word
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
July 17, 2022
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Working and Wanting

So 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?

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Mary, Martha, and Jesus

In the gender-based division of space in this culture, it is very likely Mary: she is sitting with Jesus in an area reserved for men.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Bruno of Segni

All that contemplatives want to do is to sit at the feet of the Lord—to read, pray, and give themselves up to contemplating God is their whole desire.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Martha Unmasked

In Luke’s scene of hospitality, the primary guest is again called “Lord”—this time, the Lord Jesus. But here the focus is on the behavior of the hosts.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Colossians and Ephesians speak of perfection as a goal toward which Christians should progress on their earthly pilgrimage.

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