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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

Dennis Hamm, SJ

Dives and Lazarus

The story really presents two meal scenes. The first scene is that of the rich man dining sumptuously, while Lazarus remains a conspicuous non-diner at his gate. The second scene, the afterlife of both individuals, shows Lazarus “in the bosom of” Abraham.

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Problems with Corporate Wealth

We hate to be reminded of the idiocy of our practices: rewarding our entertainers with lavish bounty while resenting the person on welfare, giving golden parachutes to failed CEOs and nothing to workers laid off as their companies downsize or relocate to more profitable locales.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Rich and the Poor

Even in death, the rich man “still does not get it.” He tries to trade on ancestral spiritual family privilege by addressing Abraham as “Father.” Surely status should help, but it doesn’t.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Chrysostom

We do something truly great and admirable when we give a most courteous welcome to all, even the outcasts of society or people of humble condition.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The first part of the parable of Dives and Lazarus is a well-known folk tale relating the reversal of fortunes in the next world. It is a conventional piece of moralizing. As so often with the Gospel parables, however, there is a surprise at the end.

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