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Looking More Closely at the Word
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
July 16, 2023
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

The Problem of Evil

Men and women were gifted not just with life, but with life aware of itself, endowed with the freedom to affirm or reject the limited good that they were.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The “Inside” Story

In today’s parable, the first question is, who is the sower? As described in this parable, the manner of sowing is sloppy and wasteful.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory the Great

Would anyone have believed me if I had said that thorns stood for riches? After all, thorns are piercing and riches pleasurable.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Cracking a Parable

As an experienced farmer, you would notice this amazing contrast between the unpromising beginnings and the fantastic harvest that eventually emerges.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Paul is not a romantic nature worshiper but a realist who recognizes “nature red in tooth and claw.”

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