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December 30, 2019
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

The Open Family

Any family, even a single mother with one child, participates in a mystery involving them intimately with the Creator and imposes more responsibilities than any of us can fully comprehend

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The Word Engaged

John Kavanaugh, SJ

The Holy Family

It is fitting that the holiness of the family also be celebrated at this time. For it is only by the ordinariness of being born so frail and dependent upon those who have welcomed us into their lives, that we ever grow in strength and grace.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus in the Temple

Male maturity in the Mediterranean world entails becoming liberated from the female control that characterizes early childhood. A man wrestles throughout life with the tension.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Origen of Alexandria

Sometimes Jesus asked questions, sometimes he answered them; and, as we have already said, wonderful though his questions were, his replies were even more wonderful.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Where there is a wholesome respect for God and his will, human relationships do stand a better chance of being well ordered and harmonious.

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