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Ascension and 7th Easter B
May 17, 2015

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

The Contest of Faith

The harsh realities of life counsel us that if we love others, they will make a doormat out of us. In fact, the realist in us may suggest that Jesus himself was made a doormat. Had he used our methods, he would have grabbed the world by its neck.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The "World"

Holiness and sanctification involve separation from what is not holy. Because the disciples belong to God they must separate themselves from the forces that are opposed to God (the world).


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Leo the Great

With all due solemnity we are commem-orating that day on which our poor human nature was carried up in Christ above all the hosts of heaven, above all the ranks of angels, beyond the highest heavenly powers to the very throne of God the Father.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

There can be no doubt that it was the impact of the post- resurrection appearances that led to the revival of baptism by the earliest Christians. Baptism became the way in which those who had not had a firsthand encounter with the Christ event were brought into its sphere.