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Looking More Closely at the Word
The Third Sunday of Advent C

December 16, 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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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Tough Joy

Advent is a preparation for the celebration of a gift that is, in great part, already realized. The Church punctuates this season with the joyful note of Gaudete Sunday

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Joy in the Diminish-ments

Advent’s themes of happiness and hope can annoy someone who hurts. When you are burdened with the chaff of ego or the weight of anxieties, forced joy and canned glee disgust the best of persons.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Toll Collectors and Soldiers

Be content with your pay, or rations and provisions. This is nothing more than the ideal of military conduct proposed by Caesar Augustus.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Origen of Alexandria

When your soul is overcome by some temptation, it is not the temptation that turns you into chaff. No, you were chaff already, that is to say fickle and faithless; the temptation simply discloses the stuff you are made of.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Advent is not a gloomy season, despite the traditional use of the same liturgical color as is used for Lent. Rather, Advent is marked by a crescendo of joy.

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