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Looking More Closely at the Word
5th Sunday of Easter
May 2, 2021
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 Embodied

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.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

God the Patron

In the vine passage, John reminds his readers that it is more important to remain Jesus’ friend, and to remain, through that, God’s friend, than to preserve one’s life.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Although Christ could not be the vine if he were not human, he could not offer such a grace to his branches if he were not at the same time divine.

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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.

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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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