Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - June 8, 2008

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Genesis 12:1-9

In a time of migration of peoples about 4,000 years ago, Terah has travelled west with his son Abraham, Abraham’s wife Sarah, and his grandson Lot from Ur, near the deltas of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. They have settled for a time in Haran. Upon Terah’s death, Abraham comes to centre-stage.

Romans 4:13-25

Paul has written that one can attain a right relationship with God through faith, without living by Mosaic law. Now he takes Abraham as an example of a person of faith, as one who believed in a promise.

Matthew 9:9-13,18-26

In healing a paralysed man, Jesus has said “your sins are forgiven”. To forgive sins is solely for God to do, so Jesus has been accused of blasphemy. Because sickness was seen as caused by sin, his ability to heal the man has convinced the crowds that his authority is from God.

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