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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 31, 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

Hoard, and You Shall Lose

This landowner speaks too easily of “my crops.” For him, the unexpected abundance is not a boon for the community; rather it presents a crisis of personal assets management.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

The High and Holy Realm

Will we obey the blind and uncaring laws of planetary mechanics? Will we believe the pimps of ego who assure us we need listen to nothing other than our impulse? Will we cling to cleverly concocted myth?


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Future Plans

In today’s story Jesus is invited to be a mediator, a very difficult but highly honorable role in this culture. Conflicts can easily escalate to blood feuds that no one wants.


from the
Early Church

Basil the Great

You are the servant of the good God, a steward on behalf of your fellow servants. Do not imagine that everything has been provided for your own stomach. Take decisions regarding your property as though it belonged to another.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

“Vanity of vanities”—all of human life is ultimately futile and meaningless if viewed in itself, apart from God.