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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
August 7, 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

Waiting for What?

The Gospel's parables of the servants and the returning master encourage a balance regarding attention to future reward (or punishment) and to current responsibilities.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Ancestral Courage

Long ago, when I spent a month working at the “house of the dying” in Calcutta, I sought a sure answer to my future. On the first morning I met Mother Teresa after Mass at dawn.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Future Plans

Americans are quite definitely and primarily future-oriented, and frequently neglect the present. American believers could benefit by imitating the present-orientation of their ancestors in the Faith.


from the
Early Church

Gregory of Nyssa

A person girded with temperance lives in the light of a clear conscience before God. And so, with the light of truth shining, the soul stays awake and is not deceived. It does not dally with illusive dreams.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Faith is taking God at his word when he makes promises for the future. Thus, the Old Testament figures become examples for the new Israel, the new wandering people of God.