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Looking More Closely at the Word
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
June 21, 2020
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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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ


Jesus advises us not to fear the things or people who can harm the body. God attends to the needs of the sparrow, knowing every one that drops to the ground.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Secrecy and Openness

Jesus teaches that honor bestowed by God is far superior to that which humans give.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


How many other grains of wheat imitating the Lord’s passion do we find to gladden our hearts when we celebrate the anniversaries of the martyrs!

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

The Fear That Frees

Biblical fear of God is a deep sense of God’s otherness and ultimacy, such that all of our actions are governed by our wonder and respect for this powerful Other.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

To be a bearer of the word of God means to suffer, because that word inevitably encounters hostility and rejection.

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