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

February 11, 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

Who Is a ‘Leper’ Today?

Because the leper's greatest suffering is his exclusion from the community, his status as an “untouchable,” Jesus touches him.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Living by Appearances

Not only are we unable to save ourselves. We are profoundly blemished. And all the makeup in the world cannot do the trick.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Restored to Community

Notice that Jesus’ command is in the passive voice: “Be made clean.” In biblical literature this is known as the theological or divine passive, that is, it acknowledges God as the one who performs the action without having to use God’s name.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Paschasius Radbertus

If the hearts of believers are purified by faith, we must give thought to this virtue of faith, for, as the Apostle says, “Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea.”

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

As a final rule of thumb, Paul says, “Be imitators of me.” He can ask the Corinthians to do that without a trace of arrogance because he himself imitates the behavior of Christ.

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