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Looking More Closely at the Word
The Fourth Sunday
in Ordinary Time B

January 28, 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

Teaching With Authority

The dramatic healing of the demoniac by an authoritative word is a demonstration of God's reign in their midst. And the people recognize it as such.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Expressions of the Call

Certainly an unmarried person devoted to God will have more time for service of others, especially on an emergency basis, and also have more time for quiet and isolated prayer.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Authority and Honor

Jesus is not controlled or cowed by this unclean spirit. Instead, Jesus shows that his power is stronger than that of the spirit. Jesus commands the spirit to come out of the man, and it does!

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Henry Newman

People of the lowest class and the humblest education may know fully the ways and works of God; fully, that is, as human beings can know them; far better and more truly than the most sagacious of this world from whom the gospel is hidden.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Mark does not deny that Jesus displayed both authority and power in his miracles, but for him the miracles were only one aspect of Jesus’ authority. The primary emphasis rests upon his teaching.

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