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Third Sunday of Advent A
December 11, 2022
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 Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ


The days of Advent wore on slowly for me. It was not like waiting for some promise. I was dreading a disaster. 

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus and John

Professional healers in Jesus’ time preferred to talk about illnesses rather than to heal them. Among the peasants, however, folk healers willing to use their hands and risk failure were very common.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Thomas of Villanova

Even from his mother’s womb John had recognized Jesus, and at the Jordan he had borne his testimony

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

A Healing Messiah?

John the Baptist, in prison because of his confrontation with Herod over the king's unlawful marriage, sends disciples to ask Jesus if he really is the one they have been expecting.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Jesus indirectly affirms that his miracles are works of God wrought through him. But he never says so directly. The hearer has to work this out for himself or herself and to make a decision of faith.

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