Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - August 19, 2018

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

1 Kings 2:10-12,3:3-14

As David approached death, a struggle occurred regarding who should succeed him: his eldest living son or he whom he had chosen, namely Solomon. David has confirmed that Solomon will be king.

Ephesians 5:15-20

In discussing the difference between pagan and Christian life, the author tells us that the mark of Christian gathering is joy in the Spirit, expressing thanksgiving to God.

John 6:51-58

Jesus has said that he is divine, the bread of life. The true bread from heaven, which gives life to all who believe, lasts forever. Belief in him, in this bread, is the key to eternal life. But belief is insufficient: we are also called to share in eating his flesh and drinking his blood – in the Eucharist.

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