Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 19, 2021

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Micah 5:2-5a

Micah has told of the humiliation and difficulties Israel must experience in the near future, but he has written that later God will give them victory over their enemies. A shepherd-king will be born of David’s line, and put an end to their oppression.

Hebrews 10:5-10

Under Jewish law, each year the high priest entered the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement to offer sacrifices for the forgiveness of certain sins, but Christ’s sacrifice, his total self-offering, once and for all on the Cross, renders continuation of these sacrifices unnecessary.

Luke 1:39-45,(46-55)

As an angel foretold, Elizabeth is now six months pregnant with John the Baptist, and her relative Mary carries Jesus, foretold to be the Son of God, in her womb. God will make Jesus a king of David’s line; he will rule Israel for ever.

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