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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

Dennis
Hamm, SJ

Poor in Spirit

Those who know the pinch of actual poverty have the edge in knowing their need for God. In this respect, the economically secure can more easily succumb to the delusion that they are self-sufficient.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Nietzsche’s Nemesis

With divided hearts and tawdry desires, we wonder why we still feel so unhappy. Jesus says that in purity of heart and whole-heartedness we find bliss and see God.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Honor in the Beatitudes

In Jesus’ view, true honor and esteem are determined and bestowed by God, and the things that God considers truly honorable and worthy of praise are almost always the opposite of what human beings of any culture think.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Symeon the New Theologian

Notice that the Lord does not say those who have mourned, but those who continually mourn. Concerning this too, then, we must examine ourselves to see whether we mourn every day.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

It is the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers who are pronounced blessed. Faith, if it is genuine, works through love, as Paul put it.

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