Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Second Sunday after Epiphany - January 15, 2017

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 49:1-7

Our reading is the second of the Servant Songs. The servant calls upon Israelites scattered around the Mediterranean. He is an effective instrument in speaking God’s word. He speaks on behalf of the faithful of Israel, who will bring knowledge of God to all peoples.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Paul writes to a Christian community not noted for its harmony. It seems that they are richly endowed with spiritual gifts, but it is noteworthy that Paul does not mention faith, hope and fraternal love – as he does in other letters.

John 1:29-42

John the Baptist has denied that he is any of the figures expected by Jews to inaugurate a new era: he is neither the Messiah, Elijah, nor the prophet like Moses. Rather he prepares people for the coming of the Lord. He has told representatives of the Pharisees that one is already among them who is far more worthy than he.

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