Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Remembrance Sunday - November 11, 2018

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Lamentations 3:17-26,31-33

Judah has been conquered by the Babylonians and Jerusalem lies in ruins. In this crisis in the community, a witness of the devastation writes of his own experience of suffering. He probably also speaks for many Israelites and for the nation. Even if times are bad now, there is hope.

1 Peter 1:3-9

The author writes to churches in rural Asia Minor. He addresses his letter to those “chosen and destined” by the Father and “sanctified” by the Holy Spirit in order “to be obedient to Jesus Christ” and to share in the forgiveness available through Christ’s sacrificial death.

John 6:37-40

Jesus has fed the five thousand on the mountain, giving them bread which he has blessed, a precursor of the Last Supper. He has identified himself by saying: “I am the bread of life”. He has noted that some who have seen (that is, met) him do not believe. All whom God chooses will come to Christ.

John 11:21-27

Martha and Mary have sent for Jesus when their brother Lazarus, a follower, has fallen ill. By the time Jesus has arrived, Lazarus is dead. When she hears that Jesus is near, Martha has gone to meet him.

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