Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fourth Sunday in Lent - March 6, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Joshua 5:9-12

The Israelites have entered the Promised Land. They are now camped between the Jordan and Jericho. In thanks to God for the gift of the Land, they restore two religious practices not followed during the Exodus: circumcision and Passover.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Some have criticized Paul for being ineffective in persuading others to follow Christ. Motivated by love of Christ, his approach is not to promote himself in outward appearance but rather to challenge the conscience. By his dying for all, Christ sets a new standard of living.

Luke 15:1-3,11b-32

The dregs of society coming to Jesus causes the religious authorities to ask: are there any limits to God’s mercy? Jesus responds by telling three parables about those who are lost. The Parable of the Lost Son raises a question: at the end of the era, will godly people be ready to be joyous in sharing the Kingdom with reformed sinners and a God who loves them?

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