Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - June 17, 2018

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Despite military victories, Saul has lost favour with God for failing to obey him completely. Now God, through Samuel, identifies his successor as king of Israel.

2 Corinthians 5:6-10,(11-13),14-17

Paul has contrasted the mode of being we have now, and the one we will have in the future. The mode we have now is temporary; in it we are subject to suffering. The mode we long for, and are assured of by God, is being “clothed with our heavenly dwelling”.

Mark 4:26-34

Jesus has told a parable about sowing seed: depending on where it lands, some flourishes greatly but other seed dies, is carried off by birds, or does not grow. He has interpreted this parable to the disciples in terms of the kingdom of God. Now he tells two more seed parables.

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