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Christmas

December 25, 2017
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

Dennis
Hamm, SJ

Intimate and Cosmic

In the Hebrew Bible, kabod (“glory”) is the physical manifestation of the mysterious presence of God. The humanity of Jesus is exactly that, in a consummate way.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Subversive Celebration

Although Christmas was outlawed in New England until 1850, and people were forced to work that day while their children were ordered to school, subversive practices from olden times persisted.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Children of God

The Mass during the day presents the masterfully crafted prologue to the Gospel of John. John offers a different interpretation of the birth of Jesus.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Theodotus of Ancyra

No one was afraid to approach Christ, overawed by his immense wealth; no one was kept from coming to him by the grandeur of his royal estate. No, he who was offering himself for the salvation of the world came as an ordinary worker.

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