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32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Novemeber 8, 2015

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Women Who Loved Too Much?

Does that mean that we are not meant to be prudent and “love ourselves” so that we can better love our neighbor? Does that mean that we are not to live a balanced life, take care of our health, labor for just wages for working women, and put a little aside for retirement? I think not.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Whole-heartedness of the Saints

There are times when we are down, and we think we have nothing left to give. Little remains in the barrel of our lives. Then, for some reason, we still manage to give more out of the nothing we have left. And grace is born again.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Scribes and Widows

Jesus publicly criticizes their behavior as a ceaseless grasping for honor. The Talmud notes that when two people meet in the marketplace, the one inferior in knowledge of the Law should greet the other first. Since no one knew the Law as well as the scribes, they sought out and basked in this recognition.


from the
Early Church

Paulinus of Nola

Let us then invest with the Lord what he has given us, for we have nothing that does not come from him: we are dependent upon him for our very existence. And we ourselves particularly, who have a special and a greater debt, since God not only created us but purchased us as well.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The denunciation of the scribes forms the conclusion to the series of Jerusalem conflict stories, whose function is to show the widening gulf between Jesus and the Jerusalem authorities, and so to prepare the way for the Sanhedrin’s decision to get rid of Jesus.