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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time A
January 15, 2017

Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Behold the Lamb of God

If a praying session went particularly well, or sometimes if it went badly, Ignatius would instruct the retreatant to repeat the exact same topic for their next session. “Oh no, not again,” I would groan when so instructed. This was the method I disliked most when I first made the Spiritual Exercises.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Christ Still Has Human Flesh

I do not for one second dispute that it is only Christ, the Holy Spirit and personal repentance that can save. What I do dispute is the parameters within which these realities are often understood.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump


You can see why someone might have thought Christ’s mission was a failure. The people passing by Christ on the cross certainly didn’t see the glory of God in him then! And by the time of his death, the work of Christ’s life had come only to this: he had a handful of disciples and a few women as hangers-on.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

The Sin of the World

The recently developed concept of social sin is an attempt to articulate the sinfulness of humankind. It isn’t just that we do wrong things: the fact is that we are basically “off center.”

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck


We are “called to be holy.” What does “holy” mean to you? How is John the Baptist a model of holiness? Who is holy in your world? What does s/he do that makes you think that?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda


For the Christ
not consider

His divinity

be clung to

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