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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 17, 2018
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Think Shrub, Not Cedar

The parables of the kingdom of God are not primarily about heaven, the realm of God that is the reward of good people after death. They are about God's reign on earth wherever people acknowledge God's kingship in their lives

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Imperceptible Life

Life is slow and subtle. Love takes time to show and grow. In life, little acts count. In fact, that is what a life is all about, a long parade of moments deceptively inconsequential.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch


Many parables begin with the phrase “the kingdom of God is like ... ”. The English phrase is unfortunate because Jesus is not describing a place (kingdom) but rather a person (God).

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Peter Chrysologus

Christ is the kingdom of heaven. Sown like a mustard seed in the garden of the Virgin's womb, he grew up into the tree of the cross whose branches stretch across the world.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Faith must, if it is genuine, work in love. We are responsible for our sins and failures even if our good works are the fruit of the Spirit.

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