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Looking More Closely at the Word
21st Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
August 23, 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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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Rock of Ages

What kind of “rock” was Peter when only moments after his great profession, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Jesus would say, “Get behind me, you have the thoughts of Satan”?

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus’ Identity

New names were regularly given at significant moments in a group’s life, especially to the more prominent members.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Chrysostom

The Gospel relates that on the night that Christ was betrayed Peter went indoors and was standing by the fire warming himself when a girl accosted him: “You too were with that man yesterday,” she said.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Rock, Chief Rabbi, Majordomo

The play on Simon's nickname is just one of several rich biblical allusions at work in this key passage.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The riches and wisdom of knowledge of God are always too deep to penetrate, God’s judgments and ways are unsearchable.

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