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Looking More Closely at the Word
First Sunday of Advent A
December 1, 2019
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

Swords Into Plowshares

Jesus called his followers “the light of the world.” He compared them to a city on a hill whose lights are visible for miles around.

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Seeing Daylight

Since we do not know the time when our lives stop or the earth melts, every day must be one of presence. Vigilance is for now.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Swords Into Plowshares

For today’s reading, Matthew has borrowed and redirected parables from Mark 13 to console and instruct his beleaguered community.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Paschasius Radbertus

The Last Day and the end of the world will come for each of us on the day we depart this present life. This means we must make sure we die in the state in which we wish to appear on the Day of Judgment.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The final abolition of war will be possible only when God’s purpose has triumphed in the consummation of history.

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