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Looking More Closely at the Word
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
October 15, 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

Dressed for the Banquet

This has never been a very attractive story for me. It seems somewhat mercurial and vindictive. Why invite people to the banquet if you are going to reject them?

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Ancient Table Manners

The refusal of the invited guests to attend the king’s wedding party shames him. For some reason the guests disapproved of the arrangements the king was making.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Let us try to find out what it is that some believers have, but which the wicked lack, for that will be what the wedding garment is.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

The Great Feast, Told Twice

What was, in Luke, an illumination of Jesus’ kingdom … becomes, in Matthew’s hands, a cautionary tale.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Jesus’ parables are lifelike, even if they often end on a note of surprise. What invited guest would not only spurn the invitation but actually kill the servants who brought it?

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