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Looking More Closely at the Word
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 20, 2019
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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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Monica's Prayer

The judge is described as one who neither fears God nor is 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

Because widows were not included in Hebrew laws on inheritance, they became common symbols of the exploited and oppressed.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory of Nyssa

Time has three divisions: past, present, and future. In all three we experience the Lord’s kindly healings with us.

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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, an exegesis that is accomplished not merely in the understanding but in the living of the Christian life.

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