In preparing my homilies I consult various commentaries and other resources for guidance into the gospel text. Scripture scholars are like all of us. I do so with caution. In reading or hearing gospel texts many of them are conditioned by things they have heard before and/or the sociopolitical environment in which they live. So I consult them with caution and critically.
We see the need for such caution in today’s gospel. Many scholars make two presumptions that I think are unfounded in the text. It is like the presumption so often made that we all are sinners.
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