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Looking More Closely at the Word
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 15, 2018
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

No Bread, Bag, or Money Belt

Who in their right mind would travel the rocky and bandit-ridden roads of first-century Palestine barefoot, shekel-less, and without bread or a staff for self-defense?

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Burden of Baggage

If we profess that “it is in Christ and through his blood that we have been redeemed and our sins forgiven,” then perhaps our lives could be lived a little more simply, a little less ambiguously.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Spirits, Travel & Hospitality

The instruction to travel lightly (no bread, no money, etc.) is not unusual. The needs of travellers (lodging and food) were to be provided chiefly through hospitality. Jesus continues his instruction with special attention to hospitality.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Theophylact

The fact that the apostles anointed the sick with oil is mentioned only by Mark, but the practice is also referred to in the general letter by James, the brother of the Lord, who says: “Are there any sick people among you?”

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Amos, however, was not a card-carrying member of the prophetic guild; he was an outsider whom God had called to denounce the government for its injustices and inhuman policies.

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