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Study of the Readings

Ed. Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Joy in the Diminish-

Yet it is nothing but our diminishment, our losses, our sadness, our weight of sin that Advent confronts and calls us out of. Somehow it is the pathos of our own melancholy that must be laughed away.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Toll Collectors and Soldiers

What is an American believer to make of the Baptizer’s exhortations? Greed, selfishness, and abuse of power and position are still with us. Who among us will be the modern voice crying in the wilderness?


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Origen of Alexandria

I should like to discover our Lord’s reason for holding a winnowing fan and to inquire into the nature of the wind that scatters the light chaff here and there, leaving the heavier grain lying in a heap.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

God does this in the sending of the Good News in Christ. We ourselves are saying something about our feelings, our reverence for the receiver and something explicit about our union or love. The gift says something of the good news about our relationship and the words complete


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

As the Lord comes nearer and nearer, we become more and more excited. The rhythm of Advent is well captured by the Advent wreath, which starts with one lighted candle and ends with four.