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Looking More Closely at the Word
26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
October 1, 2023
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Love’s Labor

The reason we avoid community life is the challenge it makes to our narcissism.

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Historical Cultural Context

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.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

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.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Do It!

Jesus says that the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God “before you”—not instead of you. Conversion is always possible.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

A person is free at any time to turn from wickedness to righteousness and vice versa.

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