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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

Living the Law

“Raqa” is an insult term like our “you fool,” and already we are standing before the Jerusalem Supreme Court! “You fool” is still in the realm of trash talk, not violent action, and now the consequence has escalated to damnation.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Revolution Jesus Announced

How different would our own Eucharists be if we took Jesus seriously? The resentments we hold against our parents, our children, our spouses, and our neighbors would have to dissolve before we would approach the altar.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Proper and Honorable Relation-
ships

Righteousness means proper and honorable relationships with other people, understood in this sermon to be other followers of Jesus and God. Matthew calls these people “brothers.”

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Chrysostom

If you refuse to forgive your neighbor's offense, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins either. What does your conscience say when you repeat the words: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,” and the rest?

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Psalm 119, the longest in the psalter, is a skillfully constructed acrostic poem in praise of the Torah. Every verse in the twenty-two sections of eight verses begins with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in order, throughout the alphabet.

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