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Looking More Closely at the Word
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
October 22, 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

To Caesar What is God’s

I propose that it is not the choice between two political parties that pulls us one way or the other. (They are both pulling the same way: toward the empire of money, nationalism, and entertainment.)

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Give To God What Is God’s

Jesus’ concluding exhortation, “Give to God the things that belong to God,” implies that neither the Pharisees nor the Herodians are doing that. This is a serious charge.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Lawrence of Brindisi

The coin bearing Caesar’s likeness and inscription must be given to Caesar, and the one stamped with the divine image and likeness must be given to God.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

No Tax Break Here—

Jesus has left us with another difficult question: How do you sort out what is Caesar's and what is God’s?

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Matthew seeks to speak directly to the situation of the church in his day, locked as it was in mortal combat with the Jewish leaders of Jamnia over the question of what was true orthodoxy and who were the true people of God.

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