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Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Dennis Hamm, SJ

Monica's Prayer

The judge is described as one who neither fears God nor is he capable of shame before men. Presumably, he is moved only by bribery, and this woman is either unwilling or unable to use that means.

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ


What is required of us is to pray always. Our very being must be a prayer, a petition. What is asked of us is that we never lose heart; our very existence must become an act of trust.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Shameless Behavior

Jesus’ conclusion is: If a helpless widow can get through to a shameless judge, all the more can a petitioner be heard by an honor-sensitive God.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory of Nyssa

Your birth is his kindly gift to you, and after birth his kindness toward you continued, since as the apostle says you live and move in him. On this same kindness depend all your hopes for the future. Only over the present have you any control.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Exegesis is the special function of the priest, but it is meant to lead the people also to the exegesis of Scripture, and exegesis that is accomplished not merely in the understanding but in the living of the Christian life.

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