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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

Hamm, SJ

Being Light, Unimpeachably

When I first wrote this reflection, we were impeaching our president. Some saw this as a magisterial working out of our constitutional process. Others saw it as an irresponsible and vindictive abuse.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Christian Faith and Politics

If we think that our faith really makes no difference in the “real” world, it goes flat. It has nothing special to offer the world. Having lost its special taste, it never changes culture. It just mimics it.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Salt and Fire

[There is a] Mediterranean cultural image Jesus has in mind when he says: “You, my disciples; are the salt, that is, catalyst for the earth-oven.” (In the Aramaic and Hebrew languages which Jesus spoke, one and the same word means “earth” and “clay-oven.”)

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Chrysostom

By the perfection of your lives attract to yourselves the grace of the Spirit so that the Lord of all creation may be glorified, and so that we may all be found worthy of the kingdom of heaven by grace.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The Sermon on the Mount does not say that the disciples are to become the salt, or that they are to become like a city on a hill or make themselves a light amid the darkness of the world. They are all those things, and that because Jesus has called them and they have responded

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