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Looking More Closely at the Word
Thirty-First Sunday
of Ordinary Time

November 4, 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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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ


The wisdom shared by all the saints, after all, was not about the particular talents or deficits one brought to the world. It was about the wholehearted-ness of love, a willingness to give it all away.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Love, Hate, and Group Attachment

Jesus is not commanding his followers to cultivate a negative emotion toward their intimate kinfolk but rather to detach themselves from the kinship group “for the sake of Jesus and the gospel.”

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Francis de Sales

What is our reason for loving ourselves? Surely because we are the image and likeness of God. And since all men and women possess this same dignity we love them as ourselves.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

In Hebraic thought, heart, soul, and strength do not mean separate human faculties but the person in the totality of his/her being.

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