Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
The Hebrew Scriptures insist that Israel was chosen to benefit the nations. Privilege was meant for universal service.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
It is not enough to proclaim that we are saved. We must yield our entire being for purification by the Holy Spirit and fire.
John J. Pilch
John the Dipper
John’s garb (camel’s-hair clothing cinched with a leather belt) and food (locusts and honey) symbolically link him with Samson, Samuel, and Elijah.
As for when the end of the world will be, that is God’s concern. Now is the time for faith.
Reginald H. Fuller
In today’s Old Testament reading we have one of the great messianic prophecies of Isaiah.