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Barbara E. Reid, OP

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Vice President and Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament Studies
M.A., Aquinas College; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Barbara Reid is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She holds a Masters from Aquinas College in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  She is the author of Abiding Word: Sunday Reflections for Year B (Liturgical Press, 2011; Year C, 2012, Year A, 2013), Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes (Fortress Press, 2007; Spanish translation: Reconsiderar la Cruz, Editorial Verbo Divino, 2009), The Gospel According to Matthew, New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series (Liturgical Press, 2005), Parables for Preachers (3 volumes; Liturgical Press, 1999, 2000, 2001; Spanish translation: Las Parábolas: Predicándolas y Viviéndolas (Ciclo A, B, 2008, 2009), Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke (Liturgical Press, 1996), A Retreat With St. Luke (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000), and many journal articles.  Her latest book is Wisdom's Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures (Eerdman’s Press, 2016). She is General Editor for Wisdom Commentary Series, a new 58-volume feminist commentary on the Bible (Liturgical Press). Her introduction to the series can be downloaded for free at

Books written by Barbara Reid

Contributions from Barbara E. Reid, OP
“Do not be afraid . . . I will give you a wisdom in speaking” (Lk 21:9, 13) Living in Chicago, a city that boasts of its exquisite architecture, it is easy for me to imagine the admiration of the people in today’s gospel for the monumental temple in Jerusalem. Although they weren’t snapping photos and posing in front of skyscrapers, as contemporary tourists do, they seem to have been caught up in the same wonder and awe that is evoked by grand buildings.
November 14, 2010
Today if we say someone is “the salt of the earth,” we understand that person to be solid and dependable, someone you can count on through thick and thin. We might also say that someone’s speech is salty to mean that their language is coarse, such as that of a sailor who has been out to sea for a long time, and who has not had to be concerned about using polite expressions in refined company. But when Jesus said to his disciples that they were the salt of the earth, they might have understood the metaphor in light of several biblical connotations.
February 4, 2011
Scripture Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent (March 20, 2011)
March 18, 2011
Scripture Reflection for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (June 19, 2011)
June 16, 2011
Scripture Reflection for the Twentyfirst Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sunday, August 21, 2011)
August 18, 2011
Scripture Reflection for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 16, 2011)

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalm 96 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b Matthew 22:15-21

"Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God " (Matt 22:21)

October 13, 2011
Scripture Reflection for the second Sunday of Lent (March 4, 2012)

February 29, 2012
Scripture Reflection for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 17, 2012)
June 14, 2012
Scripture Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 15, 2012)

Scripture Readings: Amos 7:12-15 Psalm 85 Ephesians 1:3-14 or 1:3-10 Mark 6:7-13."Take nothing for the journey" (Mark 6:8)

July 12, 2012
Scripture Reflection for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 1, 2013)

Scripture Readings: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 Psalm 68 Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a Luke 14:1, 7-14

"Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God" (Sir 3:18)

August 30, 2013
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