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Humanizing God

We are all familiar with the ways in which Jesus used imagery to help us understand who he was. He described himself as the shepherd and we are his sheep. Of course, we know we are not really sheep, but we understand the loving care of a shepherd for his flock. That’s just one example.
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When Jesus Broke the Rules

What do you do when you know what is right, but the rules forbid it? This question lies at the center of a story when Jesus is, according to this account, somewhat entrapped by the Pharisees; they are apparently looking for any excuse to silence and get rid of him. 
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Jesus and Women

Questions about the life and times of our Lord, one of the most written-about people of all time, continue to intrigue us two millennia after his death. Between the vagueness of the canonical Gospels and the sensational claims made in modern films and books, what is a Christian to believe about the only Son of God?
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Jesus’ Brief Ministry

Jesus’ life can be divided into two parts. What is surprising is that, while he is the Son of God who came to redeem the world, he spent 90 percent of his life in the remote town of Nazareth. Only 10 percent or, at most, 30 months made up his public ministry, of preaching, healing, and teaching.
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Homily Helps: The Reality of Jesus

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 7:31–37 The ministry of Jesus consists mostly of preaching and teaching about the advent of the kingdom of God and healing many people of their illnesses and infirmities. 
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Homily Helps: Jesus and the Tradition of the Elders

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 This Sunday's Gospel describes a controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees and scribes.  The controversy focuses on the meaning and validity of religious tradition, referred to as “the tradition of the elders.” 
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Jesus Defines True Humanity

We are in Ordinary Time—and will be until Ash Wednesday. One of the purposes of this present liturgical season is to give us time and space to reflect on what we have just celebrated at Christmas; namely, that our God became flesh and lived among us. That is a mystery of our faith: God the Son, God from all eternity, became a human being in the person of Jesus of Nazareth born of the Virgin Mary. 
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Homily Helps: Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Exegesis of the Gospel: John 6: 41-51 The bread of life discourse continues on in this week's Gospel.  The misunderstanding on the part of those who reject Jesus plays a central part in what Jesus has to say. The dynamic is typical Johannine. A misunderstanding is used to allow Jesus to move his hearers below the literal surface of the issue at hand.  Not everyone can make that move.  The issue is the meaning of Jesus as the bread of life.
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W.W.J.D.D? (What Would Jesus' Disciples Do?)

Imagine your best friends hanging out. Think about the things you do with them, the inside jokes you have, the conversations that you’ll never forget, or the days that brought you closer. This must be something like Jesus and his Apostles.
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Following Jesus Through Life's Traffic Jams

I was driving home from Myrtle Beach with my sisters and we came across a heavy load of traffic just as we were passing through the Smokey Mountains. Without traffic, we probably still had four hours left, but with the newfound obstacle in our way, Apple Maps was saying that we had 6 1/2 hours. Oh, the joy! I’m pretty sure that everyone’s patience is sucked out of them whilst in traffic jams, and this case was no different. 
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