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Looking More Closely at the Word
Fourth Sunday in Advent B

December 20, 2020
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

This Is My Body

The willingness of Mary to open her life utterly to God is a model of our humanity as well as of our church and sacraments.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Virginity & Honor

In Luke’s account of the annunciation, a presumably masculine angel visits Mary who seems to be quite alone. Very likely, she is in the innermost quarters of her family’s home, the proper place for an unmarried young woman.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


If we are to deserve the gifts of the promised salvation, we must listen attentively to the account of its beginning.

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Intimate and Cosmic

The exchange between David and the prophet Nathan deals with the future of the Israelite monarchy using a kind of pun.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Annunciation stories are a regular literary form of Scripture. There are a number of such stories in the Old Testament. 

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