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Looking More Closely at the Word
First Sunday of Lent
Year A
March 1, 2020
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

Testing … One Two Three

Shema is the Hebrew word translated “hear!” and it means not simply “attend to!” but also “respond! live it out!”—what we sometimes mean when we say, with some urgency in American English, “Listen up!”

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Unmasking the Great Deception

If we just acknowledge the simple truth of our limits and our sins before God and Christ’s people, we reverse the offense of Eden and enter the gift of Calvary.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Spirits

Jesus engages in direct one-on-one dialogue with this evil spirit in a Scripture-quoting contest.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory Nazianzen

Since we have at hand the means of overcoming our enemy, we must have no fear of the struggle.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

If we are to understand the saving significance of Christ’s death and resurrection, the most important presupposition is that human beings are God’s creation and yet are fallen creatures.

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