Study of the ReadingsEd. by Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point • First Two Readings
That Woman Is Ourselves
Jesus' announcement of the kingdom of God signaled the end of business as usual, and an opening of the heritage of Israel to the rest of the world.
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 beings.
When the disciples entreated him the Lord put them off, but when the woman herself cried out begging for this favor he granted it.
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.