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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

Good Will Fishing

We need not look far to find analogies to Paul's Corinthian community in our Church today. Our Church knows increasing polarization that can be described in a multitude of ways.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Divided Hearts, Divided Church

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus leaves Nazareth for Capernaum to fulfill the promise of bringing light to the Jordan. He preached that the Kingdom of God requires reform. Indeed it does. So it was for the church of Peter and Paul. So it is for us today.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch


John is in prison; he will shortly be put to death. Matthew, Mark, and Luke make it clear that Jesus does not begin his own ministry until the Baptizer has completed his. In John’s Gospel, Jesus begins his ministry before the Baptizer’s imprisonment.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Justus Landsberg

Christ came to enlighten those who lived in darkness, overshadowed by death, and to guide their feet into the way of peace.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The most damaging feature at Corinth was the dissension in the community. There is no indication that this was caused by doctrinal differences, for Paul does not take issue with them on that score. Rather, the Corinthians appear to have split into cliques.

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