Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
By receiving Communion we profess that Christ’s saving of us is our sustenance. We could not live or survive without it.
John J. Pilch
God the Patron
In the vine passage, John reminds his readers that it is more important to remain Jesus’ friend, and to remain, through that, God’s friend, than to preserve one’s life.
Although Christ could not be the vine if he were not human, he could not offer such a grace to his branches if he were not at the same time divine.
Persecutor Turned Promoter
Saul, this arch-persecutor of the young Church becomes one of its star promoters—a startling phenomenon.
Reginald H. Fuller
Paul was anxious to join up with the apostles, who in turn were reluctant to receive the ex-persecutor. Once introduced, however, Paul “went in and out with them,” a phrase that in Luke means intimate companionship.