Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost - November 15, 2015

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

1 Samuel 1:4-20

Elkanah is on his annual pilgrimage to the temple at Shiloh. He enjoys the sacrificial meal with his two wives, Peninnah and Hannah, as well as with his children by Peninnah. He loves Hannah in spite of her barrenness. She can no longer take Peninnah’s taunts.

Hebrews 10:11-14,(15-18),19-25

The author has told us how much greater is Christ’s sacrifice of himself than the annual sacrifices of the high priest on the Day of Atonement. Now he says that what any priest offers in sacrificial ritual is little compared to Christ’s once-for-all-time sacrifice on the Cross.

Mark 13:1-8

As Jesus emerges from teaching in the temple courtyard, his disciples note the enormous stone blocks yet to be incorporated into the Temple. Jesus replies that the Temple, impressive as it is, will not survive the end of the age.

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