Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

The Reign of Christ - November 25, 2018

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

2 Samuel 23:1-7

The books of Samuel end with six appendices: some are stories which fit earlier chronologically, and some are poems. Our reading, “the last words of David”, is such a poem. God has made David the founder of a dynasty.

Revelation 1:4b-8

John begins and ends this book as a letter. Literally, it is “to the seven churches of Asia” , that is, of the Roman province in western Asia Minor, but “seven” symbolizes totality, so John may speak to all churches in the province, or to all churches, everywhere.

John 18:33-37

Our reading is part of John’s account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. Pilate has asked some Jews who seek to have Jesus punished what charge, valid in Roman law, they wish Jesus to be charged with. They propose none, so Pilate asks Jesus whether he is leader of a revolutionary sect.

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