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Looking More Closely at the Word
Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 29, 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

Persecutor Turned Promoter

Saul, this arch-persecutor of the young Church becomes one of its star promoters—a startling phenomenon, which brings about the situation described in this Sunday's First Reading.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Radical Faith

By receiving Communion we profess that Christ’s saving of us is our sustenance. We could not live or survive without it. If we believe in the real presence, what then do we actually think takes place in the Eucharist?

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

God the Patron

A client can never repay the munificence of a patron. Instead, a grateful client publicizes the patron’s generosity far and wide. This is how the patron’s honor is proclaimed, maintained, and even augmented.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Christ’s presence in his disciples and their presence in him both profit the disciples rather than Christ. If a branch is cut off, another can grow from the life-giving root; but once severed from the root no branch can remain alive.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Paul was anxious to join up with the apostles, who in turn were reluctant to receive the ex-persecutor. Once introduced, however, Paul “went in and out with them,” a phrase that in Luke means intimate companionship.

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