Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

The Birth of John the Baptist - June 24, 2018

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 40:1-11

Jerusalem and Judah have been conquered and the leaders of the people have been deported to Babylon. But even in these seemingly hopeless times the prophet has a vision of the future, of God and the heavenly court.

Acts 13:14b-26

Paul, on his first missionary journey, has visited Cyprus with Barnabas and John Mark. After proclaiming the good news in synagogues, striking a false prophet blind, and converting the proconsul, they have sailed for Asia Minor. Paul and Barnabas are now in the Antioch that is in central Asia Minor.

Luke 1:57-80

Zechariah and Elizabeth are faithful Jews. She is barren and beyond child-bearing age. In the Temple, an angel has appeared to Zechariah, telling him that God will heed his prayers for a child. Elizabeth will bear a son. He “will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth”.

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