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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

Hamm, SJ

What We Thirst For

The topic of Samaritans and Jews leads naturally to thoughts about what divides and what unites human beings generally. And today's Gospel story centers around what we have most in common—thirst for God.

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Water and Bread

In the Letter to the Romans, St. Paul recalls the awesome disproportion between our own aspirations and the beneficence of God. We are not to be fixated on how deep and undying our desires are, but on the vastness of God’s desire for us.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Shocking Behavior

The Samaritan woman demonstrates her brazenness in discussing “masculine,” political-religious topics with Jesus, he accepts her questions and answers them rather than steering her back to “feminine” topics.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Jesus is tired, tired out by his journey. He sits down. On the edge of a well he seats himself. It is midday, and he sits there exhausted. All these details have meaning. They are meant to signify something.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

In the dry climate of Palestine, water is an obvious symbol of salvation and the allusion to the sacraments is not far below the surface in the Johannine discourse recounted in the Gospel.

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