Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
The reason we avoid community life is the challenge it makes to our narcissism.
John J. Pilch
Doing the Will of the Father
Like their modern-day descendants, the Middle Eastern villagers in this parable favor the respectful but disobedient son over the disrespectful but obedient son.
Clement of Alexandria
If we who are evil know how to give good gifts, how much more generous must be the Father of mercies, the good Father of all consolation, who is full of compassion and mercy.
Jesus says that the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God “before you”—not instead of you. Conversion is always possible.
Reginald H. Fuller
A person is free at any time to turn from wickedness to righteousness and vice versa.