The Cultural World of the Apostles: The Second Reading, Sunday by Sunday, Year C

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Preachers and liturgy planners will find The Cultural World of the Apostles a companion to John Pilch's previous series, The Cultural World of Jesus. Each essay offers brief historical and literary information on the second (or middle) reading assigned for the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle. Suggestions for cross-cultural comparisons with Western culture and links with the gospel for each Sunday encourage readers to explore pastoral applications to modern life.

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Overview

Preachers and liturgy planners will find The Cultural World of the Apostles a companion to John Pilch's previous series, The Cultural World of Jesus. Each essay offers brief historical and literary information on the second (or middle) reading assigned for the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle. Suggestions for cross-cultural comparisons with Western culture and links with the gospel for each Sunday encourage readers to explore pastoral applications to modern life.

The second readings were intended to be an independent, semi-continuous reading of the letters attributed to Paul and James, with selections from 1 and 2 Peter and the book of Revelation. In The Cultural World of the Apostles, Pilch explains that, because the readings were shortened, their brevity has deprived readers of sufficient context to interpret the text-segment in a responsible way. To help people make sense of such high-context documents, Pilch provides a broader literary context for each reading.

John J. Pilch, PhD, teaches Scripture at Georgetown University. His other publications by Liturgical Press include The Cultural Tools for Interpreting the Good News; The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible; The Cultural World of Jesus series; The Triduum and Easter Sunday: Breaking Open the Scriptures; Choosing a Bible Translation; Galatians and Romans in The Collegeville Bible Commentary; and articles in The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology, and The Bible Today.

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John J. Pilch, PhD, is professor of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is author of numerous articles and books, including ,Visions and Healing in Acts of the Apostles: How the Early Believers Experienced God(Liturgical Press, 2004). He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the International Society for Shamanistic Research, among other professional organizations.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
First Sunday of Advent 1
Second Sunday of Advent 3
Third Sunday of Advent 5
Fourth Sunday of Advent 7
Vigil of the Nativity 9
Nativity: Midnight Mass 11
Nativity: Mass at Dawn 13
Nativity: Mass during the Day 14
Sunday within the Octave of Christmas: Holy Family Sunday 16
January 1: Octave Day of Christmas: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Mother of God 18
Second Sunday after Christmas 20
January 6: Epiphany 22
Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday in Ordinary Time) 24
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 27
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 29
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 31
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 33
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 35
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 37
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 39
Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 41
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 43
First Sunday of Lent 45
Second Sunday of Lent 46
Third Sunday of Lent 48
Fourth Sunday of Lent 50
Fifth Sunday of Lent 52
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion 54
Easter Sunday-Easter Vigil 57
Easter Sunday 59
Second Sunday of Easter 61
Third Sunday of Easter 64
Fourth Sunday of Easter 66
Fifth Sunday of Easter 68
Sixth Sunday of Easter 70
The Ascension of the Lord 72
Seventh Sunday of Easter 74
The Vigil of Pentecost 76
Pentecost 78
Trinity Sunday 81
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 83
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time 85
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 87
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 89
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 91
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 93
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 95
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 97
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 99
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 101
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 103
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 105
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 107
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 109
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 111
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 113
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 114
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 116
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 118
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 120
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 122
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 124
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 126
Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Christ the King) 128
Recommended Resources 131
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