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Looking More Closely at the Word
Second Sunday In Advent B
December 10, 2023
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 Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Wastelands of Discontent

The moment we recognize our insufficiency and failure, we can own up to our exiled condition, from which we long to return.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Preparing the Way

The Baptist displays the appropriate and expected cultural humility. He describes the coming one as “more powerful than me” and declares himself “not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.”

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Now that the Lord Jesus has come and has sent the Holy Spirit in his name, all your valleys have been filled in with good works and the Holy Spirit’s fruits.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Why The Dunking?

At a time when prophets were thought to have been a thing of the distant past, along comes this strange man calling his fellow Israelites to repentance and inviting them to symbolize this renewed commitment by getting dunked in the River Jordan.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

There can be no doubt that the “historical Baptist” did baptize; this is attested not only by the New Testament but also by the Jewish historian Josephus.

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