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Looking More Closely at the Word
Third Sunday in Advent B
December 17, 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

Gaudete: Rejoice

We must in some way make John the Baptizer’s words our own.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

A Different Kind of Priest

By his dress and diet, the Baptizer distances himself from this luxury and his rural priestly heritage and presents himself more like a prophet.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Scotus Erigena

The evangelist’s intention was to differentiate between the fleeting voice and the eternally unchanging Word.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

The Discipline of Joy

Full shalom (peace, in the sense of fullness of life) is not a human accomplishment. It is a deed of God: “So will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the nations.”

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The evangelist’s prose insertion is clearly designed to counter a false estimate of the Baptist: he is not the light but only a witness to the light.

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