Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

First Sunday in Lent - February 18, 2018

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Genesis 9:8-17

Since the days of creation, deviation from God’s ways had grown to the point where God decided to eliminate human beings – by means of the Flood. In his mercy, he has saved Noah, his family, and some animals.

1 Peter 3:18-22

The author has told his readers that when they suffer for doing what is right, they are blessed by God. Whatever the circumstances, be ready to tell people the good news – about the hope that you have in Christ.

Mark 1:9-15

John the Baptist, a hermit, is telling people to prepare for the coming of the Lord by turning back to God. People have confessed their waywardness and have been baptised by John as a sign of beginning a new way of life. John has foretold the ministry of Jesus.

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