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Looking More Closely at the Word
Third Sunday of Lent C

March 20, 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 Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Holy Ground of Being

For Aquinas, evil has no reality in itself. It occurs only as a parasite. Evil appears only because good things exist.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Barren Fig Tree

Throughout the Gospels Jesus, the authentic Mediterranean native, resorts to insults on a regular basis, and they are always gems.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Augustine of Hippo

It is only to the extent to which we keep the Lord’s commandments that we abide in his love; insofar as we fail to keep them we fail to love.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Burning Bush, Barren Fig Tree

Here is the paradox of the fire that burns the bush without consuming it. What better way to portray the intense presence of Creator to creature?

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

God sees the affliction of his people. He “comes down,” that is, intervenes in history out of his transcendence, to deliver them from the slavery of sin.

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