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Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.
• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Dennis Hamm, SJ

What the Samaritan Sees

The Samaritan, alone among the ten, gets an insight: neither Jerusalem nor Gerizim is the sacred place to meet the mediation of God’s presence. That “sacred space” is now the person of Jesus.

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ


Christ, having healed ten, saw something greater in the one Samaritan who made time to come back, fall at his feet, and praise God. He saw the splendor of a human heart that believes it is loved, that accepts the gift.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch


Jesus as healer was constantly challenging existing boundaries and pushing them ever outward. Sinners, the blind, the lame, and lepers were welcome within the boundaries of the holy community Jesus was forming.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Commentary by Bruno of Segni

Sinners have often been forgiven before they came to a priest. In fact, their repentance and healing occur simultaneously: at the very moment of their conversion they pass from death to life.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

In antiquity, leprosy was regarded as the worst of diseases, and its cure an impossibility. Thus, the story became a parable of human beings’ plight, from which they would only be delivered by the Messiah, that is, by a miracle at the end of time.

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