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Thirty-first Sunday
of Ordinary Time A

November 5, 2017
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

What Would Jesus Say?

The whole Gospel of Matthew says the way to be faithful to the Law of Moses is to do it according to the way of Jesus—especially as expressed in the Sermon on the Mount.

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

A Teaching Father

This business of titles and prestige bothers me. Since I first seriously read the Gospel of Matthew the year before I was ordained, I have always been a little sheepish, not shepherdish when people call me “Father”—even though I had looked forward to the title.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Avoiding Excess

Jesus’ exhortation to do what the Pharisaic scribes teach is a compliment to their expertise. They know the Scripture and interpret it well. Sadly, Scripture is not the script by which they live.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Paschasius Radbertus

After specifically reserving the office of teaching to himself, Christ immediately went on to give as the rule of his teaching that whoever wants to be greatest should be the servant of all.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

On the part of the listeners, preaching requires the discernment of faith, that they may hear the word of God given in and through the human words of the preacher, and prayer that the word of may bring forth fruit in their lives.

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