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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time B
August 16, 2015



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

Dennis
Hamm, SJ

Wisdom's Banquet

When we hear the Gospel speak of drinking the blood and eating the flesh of Jesus, we recognize that the fullness of wisdom for us is accepting Jesus as Eternal Wisdom made flesh for us.

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The Word Embodied

John
Kavanaugh, SJ

Nurtured

Real food and drink are what “real presence” and “transub- stantiation” are all about in our sacrament of the Eucharist. What is at stake is what we believe to be most real in our lives. What is true nourishment?

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Eucharist

“Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood” became a common way for Christians around the time of John’s Gospel to describe participation in the Eucharist.

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Thoughts
from the
Early Church


Theophylact

Those who eat and drink the Lord’s flesh and blood live in the Lord and the Lord lives in them. A marvelous and inexplicable union occurs by which God is in us, and we are in God. Does this not fill you with awe?

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Here [in the Gospel] at last we reach the definitely Eucharistic part of the discourse on the bread of life. We move from bread as such to the flesh and blood of the Son of man.

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