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Looking More Closely at the Word
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 29, 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

Hamm, SJ

The Prophet-King Will Shepherd His People

The people call Jesus “the Prophet who is to come” and plan to carry him off to make him king. The people correctly identify Jesus as the long-awaited Prophet-like-Moses.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Bread
of Life

The problem of reverence is nothing new. In the pre-Vatican II church, there were at least some priests who gave Communion as if it were a fast-food option.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

A Need to Know

The Greek word for “fish” derives from another word that means “food that is cooked and eaten with bread.” The idea is that the fish is not fresh but already prepared, or, more correctly, processed.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Governing the entire universe is a greater miracle than feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread, yet no one marvels at it.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

We know that at some stage Jesus broke off his Galilean ministry and went to Jerusalem, and in all the Gospels the feeding is a pivotal point in the narrative.

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