Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost - November 6, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Haggai 2:1-9

Some Jews have returned from exile in Babylon. While the foundations of the new Temple were laid in 536 BC, little more was done on it for fourteen years. Then, prompted by an oracle from God delivered by the prophet Haggai, work on it began in earnest.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17

In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul has stated that, when Christ comes again, both the faithful who have died and those who are still alive will come together to live eternally. But now we read in 2 Thessalonians that certain events will happen before Christ comes to launch a new era.

Luke 20:27-38

The Sadducees were among those who sought to trap Jesus into contravening the Law as he taught daily in the Temple. They did not believe in the resurrection because they found no mention of it in the first five books of the Bible.

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