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Looking More Closely at the Word
Second Sunday of Advent A
December 8, 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

Hamm, SJ

The Winnower

The Hebrew Scriptures insist that Israel was chosen to benefit the nations. Privilege was meant for universal service.

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Entrance Rites

It is not enough to proclaim that we are saved. We must yield our entire being for purification by the Holy Spirit and fire.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

John the Dipper

John’s garb (camel’s-hair clothing cinched with a leather belt) and food (locusts and honey) symbolically link him with Samson, Samuel, and Elijah.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


As for when the end of the world will be, that is God’s concern. Now is the time for faith.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

In today’s Old Testament reading we have one of the great messianic prophecies of Isaiah.

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