Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Third Sunday of Advent - December 11, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 35:1-10

Following an oracle of the destruction of the nations, the prophet promises restoration of the Promised Land, and the joyful return of the exiles to Jerusalem.

James 5:7-10

James exhorts his readers to wait patiently for the Day of the Lord. Though they are suffering now, and are anxious for the restoration of the Kingdom, they must wait a little longer. Nevertheless, the time is near.

Matthew 11:2-11

John the Baptist has been arrested and imprisoned. Discouraged and in doubt, he sends messengers to ask Jesus: “Are you the one?”

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