Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
All Equal, Each Unique
Human persons are endowed with the capacity to take possession of
their lives and offer their lives in faith. This is what makes every
man and woman wholly equal before the world and God.
John J. Pilch
Honor and Shame
In the Middle Eastern world, mercy is a sensitivity to and sense
of responsibility for one’s debts to God and other human
disciples entreated him the Lord put them off, but when the woman
herself cried out begging for this favor he granted it.
That Woman Is Ourselves
When we ask the question of why Matthew, and Mark before him, saw
fit to include this account in their Gospels, it becomes evident
that they, especially Matthew, had other concerns than ours.
Reginald H. Fuller
Paul’s view of salvation history causes difficulties for us
today. For one thing, he expected the End to come very soon. He
did not think in terms of several millennia of history.