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Looking More Closely at the Word
Twenty-Ninth Sunday
of Ordinary Time

October 21, 2018
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

Hamm, SJ

Jesus, Lay High Priest

Jesus is the only one among his group (teacher and disciples) to whom the name “priest” is applied in the New Testament. And this bold appellation occurs only in one document, the letter to the Hebrews, from which today's second reading is taken.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Lording It over the Rest

Jesus was very unlike us—both in his above-ness and his identity with our lowliness. Not only is he unlike us in being God, he is unlike us in being human. After all, we tend not to be very good at being humans, much less gods.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Acquiring Honor

Since Jesus is the acknowledged leader of this group, he can do a favor for individual members and grant them privileges that would make them stand out in relationship to others.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Chrysostom

You see that what the two brothers wanted was to be first, greatest, and highest: rulers, one might almost say, of the others. So, revealing their secret thoughts, Jesus put a curb on this ambition.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

If we ask, “was our Lord subject to sexual temptation?”
—we are asking a question that the New Testament is not concerned to ask.

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