Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - February 5, 2017

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 58:1-9a,(9b-12)

After return from the Exile, the people of Judah were discouraged. Life was hard, and it seemed that God was not listening to them. This passage speaks of fasting, but its implications are wider. It chastises the people, but there is hope.

1 Corinthians 2:1-12,(13-16)

Basic spiritual gifts seem to be rare in the church at Corinth. It seems that Paul is telling the Christians there of their immaturity in the faith. They have much to learn to attain the understanding of Christ that mature Christians have.

Matthew 5:13-20

On a mountain in Galilee, Jesus has described the qualities and rewards of the blessed or happy – those who will enjoy (and are already enjoying) God’s end-time rule. Now Jesus uses homely metaphors to teach them essential lessons about being disciples.

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