Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 20, 2015

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Proverbs 31:10-31

The book of Proverbs ends with a poem about a capable wife. Many of the qualities are those of wisdom herself, so this is also a summary of the book.

James 3:13-4:3,7-8a

According to the author, a sin commonly found in the community is intemperate speech. Another common sin is arrogance. Avoiding arrogance requires shunning earthly wisdom and praying for godly wisdom.

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus has told the disciples something they find hard to accept: he, the Son of Man, the Messiah, will suffer. Now he adds that he is to be betrayed and handed over to people who will treat him harshly.

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