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Looking More Closely at the Word
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year B
August 8, 2021
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


Our problem is not just believing that God could inhabit bread. It is believing that God could inhabit us.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch


The people disagree with Jesus’ interpretation of Scripture and his application of it to himself. Jesus’ response is quite direct: “Stop your murmuring.”

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Denis the Areopagite

If we aspire to communion with Jesus, we must fix our eyes upon the most holy life he lived in the flesh and follow the example of his divine innocence so as to become pure and godlike.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Bread and Faith

We are familiar with traditional language about imitating Christ, which is daunting enough. But imitation of God? How does a mere creature relate to that mandate?

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Christians are to forgive one another because Christ has forgiven them, and they are to walk in love because Christ loves them with a love that expresses itself in sacrificial terms.

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