Study of the ReadingsEd. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
We must in some way make John the Baptizer’s words our own.
John J. Pilch
A Different Kind of Priest
By his dress and diet, the Baptizer distances himself from this
luxury and his rural priestly heritage and presents himself more
like a prophet.
John Scotus Erigena
The evangelist’s intention was to differentiate between the
fleeting voice and the eternally unchanging Word.
The Discipline of Joy
Full shalom (peace, in the sense of fullness of life) is
not a human accomplishment. It is a deed of God: “So will the
Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the
Reginald H. Fuller
The evangelist’s prose insertion is clearly designed to
counter a false estimate of the Baptist: he is not the light but
only a witness to the light.