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Looking More Closely at the Word
The Third Sunday of Lent

March 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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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Livestock, Whip, and Zeal

We recognize that it is from John that most of us get our picture of the cleansing of the Temple. But John is being more than pictorial. The point is not drama but symbol.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Imperatives of Faith

God does not advise us not to kill. God commands us. And it is a command not based upon whether we are happy or productive, or whether we are dealing with our friends, co-religionists, good Americans, or the innocent.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

A New Temple

The word “remembered” or “recalled” is a technical term used by John to describe the process by which the community of believers gradually came to view Jesus as the fulfillment of Scripture after his resurrection.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


To pray in God’s temple we must pray in the peace of the Church, in the unity of the body of Christ, which is made up of many believers throughout the world. When we pray in this temple our prayers are heard, because whoever prays in the peace of the Church prays in spirit and in truth.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Only believers can penetrate the wisdom behind the folly, and the power behind the weakness. For all unbelievers, the message of the cross remains a scandal (for Jews) and folly (for Greeks).

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