Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
The evangelist has just told the grisly story of Herod's birthday party and the beheading of the Baptist—a reminder that Israel was still a hostile environment for prophets.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Jesus No Boy-O
Jeremiah speaks to our day. Shepherding is a daunting and treacherous task, not only for church leaders, but for all parents and every giver of care.
John J. Pilch
A Lonely Place
One of Hebrew derivations for “compassion” means “womb.” In the Middle East, compassion is considered a female value and virtue.
Jesus tested the crowd’s faith, and having done so he gave it a fitting reward. He sought out a lonely place to see if they would take the trouble to follow him.
Reginald H. Fuller
Both Jew and Gentile have access in one body to the Father. “Access” is a liturgical term denoting the approach to God in worship.