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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
July 21, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Working and Wanting

Then Jesus gets on her case, telling her that she frets and bothers about many things and that Mary (of all people) has chosen the better part by just lolling there doing nothing.


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 who is sitting with Jesus in an area reserved for men (whether dining area or “livingroom” area).


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Bruno of Segni

Daily the Lord Jesus enters in, not thinking frequent visits beneath his dignity. There he is welcomed by Martha, who takes him into her home. Let us see then what Martha stands for, and what Mary symbolizes. Each of them denotes something important, for these two make up the entire Church.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Don’t be so practical!

In preparing this week for the liturgy for the weekend we can reflect on how we view lives lived within the Eucharistic blessing. Just for the sake of reflection, what if we say that practicing our faith, or the virtues is done in expectation of being evaluated, judged as to our inadequacies.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Suffering is one of the hallmarks of apostleship. The Apostle fills up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions—a bold formulation, which, however, does not mean that something is lacking in the atoning power of Christ’s death.