Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - June 19, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

1 Kings 19:1-4,(5-7),8-15a

In Israel, the northern kingdom, many people have strayed from worshipping God, partly because Queen Jezebel has promoted the Canaanite religion. After Elijah has shown that God is much more powerful than the local gods, he has killed the prophets of Baal.

Galatians 3:23-29

Some in Galatia (in central Asia Minor) argue that a right relationship with God comes through Mosaic law, but Paul has argued that it is God’s promises that establish this link. Before Christ came, the early Christians were like children, under a guardian or “disciplinarian”. We are people of faith, not law.

Luke 8:26-39

Jesus and his disciples arrive in Gerasa, a city which is a day’s walk east of the Jordan – in Gentile territory. Jesus transforms the man from being an outcast to being a member of a nurturing human community. The man becomes a missionary to his fellow Gentiles.

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