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Looking More Closely at the Word
Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

August 5, 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

Bread and Faith

Religious literature speaks easily of our appetite for wisdom and understanding as a hunger and thirst of the spirit, satisfied only by a fitting relationship with the source of all, God.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Bread of Labor

Moses spoke of another bread. It would not fill the stomach like the diet of Egypt’s fleshpots. It would be manna from heaven, God’s promise, sheer gift, always there like snow on the ground.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Faith = Believing In Jesus

People come looking for Jesus but for the wrong reason: they don’t want to miss out if he is going to offer more to eat. Given the subsistence diet on which first century peasants lived, one might say Jesus was very insensitive to scold them.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Jesus said to the people: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall never hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” He did not say “the bread of bodily nourishment,” but “the bread of life.”

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

It is not just faith in the word or sacramental eating and drinking, but both, the one informing the other but the one incomplete without the other.

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