Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - February 7, 2010

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 6:1-8,(9-13)

Isaiah gives the grounds for his authority as a prophet. The “year” is 742 BC. Uzziah’s reign has been prosperous, but uncertain times lie ahead. Assyria is expanding its borders, and the northern kingdom, Israel, is trying to coerce Judah into a military alliance against the Assyrian threat. Back then, dreams were taken seriously.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Paul has heard that some at Corinth deny the physical resurrection of the body, claiming that only the spirit matters. Now he argues against this view. He repeats a statement of faith that he received and has passed on to them. Jesus was buried, so he really died. He then appeared to many (including him), so he physically rose from death – and so will we.

Luke 5:1-11

This is a story of commitment to Jesus – to his message and to his destiny. Luke has mentioned Simon (that is, Peter) in the previous chapter; now Jesus calls him to be a disciple. Luke has told us of the beginnings of hostility to Jesus. Discipleship has its risks!

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