Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 24, 2017

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Exodus 16:2-15

The people of Israel are now in the wilderness. Finding the water undrinkable, they have complained to Moses, and God has made it potable. He has tested their faith: will they accept him by trusting that he will feed and rule them? Now the Israelites grumble once again.

Philippians 1:21-30

Paul is in prison and realizes that he may well not live to see the second coming of Christ. He wants the Christians at Philippi to know that what has happened to him has actually helped to spread the gospel.

Matthew 20:1-16

Peter has asked Jesus about who has priority in the kingdom of heaven. He has suggested that there must be greater rewards for himself and the other disciples, who have left everything. Now Jesus explains what the kingdom of heaven is really like.

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