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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 10, 2018
Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Jesus' Family Values

Those baptized into Christ become brother and sister with a bond that is deeper than the natural kinship of family. Here is a unity deeper than blood.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Great Refusal

What is blasphemy against the Spirit? Why is it so devastating? How is it that such a sin could be so intractable before the will of God and the healing love of Christ?

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch


In a truly startling move, Jesus redefines family. More valuable than bonds of flesh and blood is ready obedience to the will of God. Such people constitute Jesus' new family

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Unknown Greek Author of the 5th Century

We no longer fear the serpent: instead we revere the Holy Spirit. We no longer descend into the earth: instead we reascend into heaven. We are no longer exiles from paradise: instead we live in Abraham's bosom

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The faith of which Paul speaks is very simple: it is faith in God who raised Jesus from the dead, a faith that also carries with it the hope that God will raise both Paul himself and his converts.

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