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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

Does Jesus Want Doormats for Disciples?

If someone dishonored you with the demeaning back-handed slap, you were expected to reclaim your honor by responding in kind. Thus Jesus' suggestion would be a surprising move.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Militant Faith

The demons of the world and of our hearts seduce us into thinking that the ways of God cannot be followed in this time-bound journey. Even the commands that the Lord gave to Moses seemed so impractical.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Regaining Honor

Having to resort to courts in the Middle East is very shameful. Arguments should be settled long before this stage. Jesus’ recommendation to yield more than the plaintiff asks is astounding.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Walter Hilton

When true lovers of Jesus suffer harm from their neighbors, they are so strengthened by the grace of the Holy Spirit and are made so truly humble, so patient, and so peaceable, that they retain their humility no matter what harm or injury is inflicted on them.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Paul uses many images for the church (garden, building, etc.), but here he uses the image of temple for the first time in his writings. “Temple” brings out the point that the church is the place where the Spirit of God is present.

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