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Today’s Readings – Sunday of week 29 of Ordinary Time - Gospel

Commentary on Isaiah 45:1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21

Isaiah 45:1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21

 

IN PAST SUNDAYS we have seen Jesus attacking the religious leaders of his people for their failure to recognise in him the Word of God, the power of God, the compassionate love of God. All they could see was a man who broke their laws.

Today, in the first of four challenges by different leaders, they hit back. Their plan was to get Jesus to discredit himself. The first challenge, in today’s Gospel, comes from the Pharisees. Their deviousness is seen in the delegation they sent - a mixture of their disciples (not themselves) and some Herodians.

It was a strange mixture because Pharisees and Herodians were bitterly opposed to … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saturday of week 28 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Rom 4:13, 16-18

Paul continues speaking of Abraham as a model of faith and trust.

The promise made to Abraham by God that “he and his descendants should inherit the world was not through the Law".  For the simple reason that the Law had not yet c … Continue

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