Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - July 16, 2017

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Genesis 25:19-34

Abraham has taken another wife, Keturah, by whom he has had sons; they are the founders of Arabic tribes. Ishmael, his son by Hagar, is the father of tribes between Egypt and Arabia. In ancient times, children were considered to be a gift from God.

Romans 8:1-11

Paul has written of the inner conflict which arises within the believer. While one wills to be godly, somehow one finds oneself not living up to these standards. Wretched as such a situation is, Christians are assured of rescue from it.

Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

When someone has told Jesus that his mother and brothers wish to speak to him, he has told a crowd that those who do God’s will – who follow him – are his mother and brothers.

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