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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

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Good News

If Matthew makes bold to claim up front that the birth of the child Jesus is the presence of God come to save us, the readings for Christmas Day, from the letter to the Hebrews and the Gospel of John, proclaim the same thing in even broader strokes.

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Subversive Celebration

There is a mystery in Christmas far brighter than presents, more persistent than the great wars or personal sorrows that seem to steal it away.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Children of God

Becoming children of God is possible only because the Word of God became enfleshed in Israel in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. This is very likely the name John’s group called itself, the name by which it was known to others.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Theodotus of Ancyra

Let the manger teach you how poor the Lord was: he was laid in it because he had no bed to lie on. This lack of the necessaries of life was a most appropriate prophetic foreshadowing.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Mass at Midnight

Mass at Dawn

Mass during
the Day