Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost - October 30, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Habakkuk 1:1-4;2:1-4

The prophetic word that Habakkuk witnesses takes the form of a dialogue between him and God. Our reading is the first question and the second answer. In his first answer, God says that he is using the wicked Babylonians as his agents, a people who trample on basic human rights.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,11-12

Paul writes to a community of Christians in central Greece. In the book of Acts, we read that both Jews and Gentiles responded positively to the good news brought by Paul and Silas (here called Silvanus, the Latin form of his name).

Luke 19:1-10

While Jesus often seems to consider the rich to be unworthy of entry into the kingdom of God, Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector, is fully acceptable to him. Jesus extends God’s hospitality to him.

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