Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - October 12, 2014

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Exodus 32:1-14

The people of Israel have received the Ten Commandments verbally, but Moses is still up on Mount Sinai receiving them in writing.

Philippians 4:1-9

Paul began the conclusion to the letter in the previous chapter. After a digression – to warn against heresy and self-indulgence and to urge devotion to Christ – he tries to finish the letter, but certain concerns intrude.

Matthew 22:1-14

During the last week of his earthly life, Jesus tells a third parable about admission to the kingdom of heaven. Knowing the story of the feast in Isaiah 25, his first audience would naturally associate a king’s banquet with the inauguration of the era beyond the end of time.

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