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Looking More Closely at the Word
The Second Sunday of Advent C

December 9, 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

Dennis
Hamm, SJ

The Incarnation, Still Dawning upon Us

John was announcing the coming of Jesus, who would lead the people in a new freedom march. The way of life that Jesus would call the people to could be fittingly called “the way of the Lord.”

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Happiness in Hard Times

Beyond the rise and fall of the great nations, lasting longer than all the tinhorn dictators, who has survived? What reality is important? What word has lasted? Whose voice endures?

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins

Peasants are very familiar with debt. They live in debt all the time. In the peasant world of first-century Palestine debt threatened the loss of land, livelihood, and family.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Origen of Alexandria

Spend some time living a good life. Cleanse yourselves from all impurity and avoid every sin. Then, when you yourselves have begun to despise your sins, they will be forgiven you. You will be forgiven your sins if you renounce them.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Someone once spoke of the Christian as having a set of built-in antennae to tell him or her what love requires in a particular situation. This, of course, is not the whole truth about Christian ethics.

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