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Looking More Closely at the Word
31st Sunday of Ordinary Time
November 3, 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

Dennis
Hamm, SJ

Lost and Found

Luke is careful to hint at what it was that opened this man to Jesus’ call to a change of heart.

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus was rich. A prominent tax collector, he even seemed to have suspicions about fraud in his own practices. He may have been small in stature, but he was definitely into big-time operations.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Mr. Clean, Mr. Pure, Mr. Innocent

Sometimes “rich” can mean “greedy” in the Bible, but as this story progresses it will become clear that Zacchaeus does not seem to be greedy.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Philoxenus of Mabbug

Zacchaeus had not seen the Lord with the eyes of the body, and yet he believed in him simply on the word of others.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

By entering Zacchaeus’ house, Jesus dramatizes the coming of divine salvation. Zacchaeus’ promise to restore what he had extorted from his fellow Jews is a measure of his repentance.

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