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The church as Christ's loving friends -- John 15:9-17 -- Dennis Koch -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Christ's love for his disciples mirrors the Father's love for
Let the end come! -- Dennis Koch -- 1993
Gospel Note: When the universe falls apart, Christ will soon return to
The followers of Christ as consecrated foreigners -- John 17:6-19 -- Dennis Koch -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: This passage is a portion of Christ's "high priestly," parting
A mission modeled on the Master's message and ministry -- Mark 6:14-29 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The commissioning of the Twelve underscores the continuity
The urgency of the Christian mission -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: In these verses, in which Mark concludes one pericope and
Worship the Christ -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Why are they called "wise?" The wise men were more than men
The Christ who feeds the hungry -- John 6:1-21 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle recorded by all
The call to discipleship -- John 1:43-51 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Jesus calls Philip to follow him. Nathanael questions who
The spiritual satisfaction in the bread of life -- John 6:24-35 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: While the pericope preceding this one dealt with the
Leaving old occupations for a new profession -- Mark 1:14-20 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Mark's version of how Peter and Andrew became Jesus'
God's gracious spiritual nourishment -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The two "I am the bread" sayings here are followed by a series
The abundant, apparent authority of Jesus -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: As the reaction of the people both before and after this first
The living bread from above -- John 6:51-58 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: This passage continues the "I am the bread" sayings of the
A message more important than miracles -- Mark 1:29-39 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Mark reflects his characteristic viewpoint on miracles in
Disciple disbelief and defection -- John 6:56-69 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: After concluding his apparently sacramental remarks about his
The secret that cannot be silenced or suppressed -- Mark 1:40-45 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: This passage presents a conventional miracle story with Mark's
Human customs versus divine commandments -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: These excerpts deal with two rather loosely related issues:
Proclaiming the incredible -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The point of the story for Mark appears not to be to signal
Bearing the mark of Christ -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The famous saying of Jesus about discipleship and "taking up his cross''
God's unauthorized helpers -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The first of the loosely related sayings contained here speaks
Is it lawful, Lord? -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: From the beginning of creation the ideal of marriage is for a
The threat of wealth to discipleship -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note:
Spiritual blindness and discipleship -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: For his last report of a healing prior to Jesus' dramatic and
The threshold of the Kingdom -- Mark 12:28-34 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Neither the singling out of a commandment nor the juxtaposing
The cosmic coming of the Son of man -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: This passage, near the conclusion of the so-called "little


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