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Looking More Closely at the Word
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 22, 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

Shepherding Today

The evangelist has just told the grisly story of Herod's birthday party and the beheading of the Baptist—a reminder that Israel was still a hostile environment for prophets.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Jesus No Boy-O

Jeremiah speaks to our day. Shepherding is a daunting and treacherous task, not only for church leaders, but for all parents and every giver of care.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

A Lonely Place

One of Hebrew derivations for “compassion” means “womb.” In the Middle East, compassion is considered a female value and virtue.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


Jesus tested the crowd’s faith, and having done so he gave it a fitting reward. He sought out a lonely place to see if they would take the trouble to follow him.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Both Jew and Gentile have access in one body to the Father. “Access” is a liturgical term denoting the approach to God in worship.

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