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Looking More Closely at the Word
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
November 19, 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


Whatever is given to us—money, talent, opportunity—is meant to bear fruit for the kingdom, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Peasant View

The very rich man in this story sounds like an honorable person at the outset. It is only at the conclusion that we learn that he is dishonorable.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Chrysostom

Those bringing the master their profit acknowledge frankly what is their own, and what is their Master’s. They are extremely grateful, and attribute to him all their success.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Good Fear, Bad Fear

The parable, in Matthew’s context, is Jesus’ last major speech, and is addressed to Christian disciples. 

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Paul elevates the parousia hope from one of curious speculation to one of existential attitude. The Christian must always live on tiptoe, as if the parousia were coming at any moment.

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