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Looking More Closely at the Word
The Fifth Sunday
in Ordinary Time B

February 4, 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

Hamm, SJ

The Healed Mother-In-Law

While Mark could well have begun his account of the public ministry with an example of Jesus' teaching—a parable, say, he chooses this dramatic action (accomplished, though, by a sharp word: “Quiet! Come out of him!”).

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Ways of Jesus

If faith is real, it seeks expression. It will communicate and profess. It will have the energy of passion. But faith cannot be real for us if it is not allowed into our real world.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Social Healing

It is nearly impossible for us to know what diseases afflicted the people who came to Jesus for help. But the texts do reveal the social consequences of their affliction and how Jesus remedied those consequences.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Peter Chrysologus

You can easily see what drew Christ to Peter’s house on this particular occasion; it was no desire to sit down and rest himself, but compassion for a woman stricken down by sickness.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Job’s reflections on the miseries of human life are meant to provide a background for the healing work of Christ, of which the gospel speaks. It is from such miseries as Job speaks of that Christ comes to save us.

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