Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Second Sunday after Epiphany - January 17, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 62:1-5

Persia has conquered Babylon and has permitted the people of Israel to return to a small parcel of land round Jerusalem. The land is ravished, and after initial elation, the people feel that God has ceased to care for them. Now God breaks his silence.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Early in this letter, Paul has noted that the Christians at Corinth “are not lacking in any spiritual gift”; even so, they appear to have written to him on the subject. He now teaches them more about gifts provided through the Holy Spirit.

John 2:1-11

John uses symbolism extensively in his telling of the good news. As he says near the end of the book, “these signs are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” Now John tells us of the first sign, revealing Jesus' glory.

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