Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - June 26, 2016

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14

The Bible tells us that only two people were sufficiently worthy to be taken up to heaven without dying: Enoch and Elijah. The power and greatness of Elijah are expressed in terms of legend and miracle.

Galatians 5:1,13-25

Certain evangelists in Galatia expected Christians to adopt some (but not all) practices of Judaism. They seem to have argued: so long as you are circumcised and keep Jewish feasts, you are free to do anything you like. Paul denounces this theology vehemently: Christians must not abuse their liberty.

Luke 9:51-62

In telling us of the Transfiguration, Luke has told us that Peter, John and James have seen Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus “of his departure [or exodus], which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem”. Now the time draws near.

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