Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 25, 2016

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15

Jeremiah has been placed under house arrest when, during a lull in the fighting against the Babylonians, he has been suspected of desertion as he went to leave Jerusalem. His acceptance of his right and obligation to buy a field now in occupied territory shows that Judah will, one day, be free again.

1 Timothy 6:6-19

We come to the final section of the book. The author has just accused teachers who distort and embroider the true body of faith with seeing teaching the faith as a way of earning more than necessary. Now he says that teaching and living the true faith is spiritually profitable, providing enough to live on – and contentment.

Luke 16:19-31

Jesus expands on a popular Jewish folktale to tell an example story. Although we are never told directly, the rich man, like his brothers, needed to repent but did not. To the crowd, the rich were known for not sharing with the needy, as Mosaic law required.

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