Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost - November 8, 2015

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Ruth 3:1-5;4:13-17

Naomi has returned to Judah after her husband and two sons have died. Both she and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, are widows, and therefore destitute. She counsels Ruth on how to seek a new husband in a society where women only found security in marriage.

Hebrews 9:24-28

The author continues to see Christ as the great high priest, and to contrast him with a high priest in the Temple. Heaven is the perfect, ideal “sanctuary”, while the Holy of Holies in the Temple is a “mere copy” of the divine one.

Mark 12:38-44

A scribe has asked Jesus: which is the greatest commandment? Jesus has told him that he is almost ready for the kingdom of God. On the other hand, some scribes are ostentatious, hypocritical and greedy: they are not examples of discipleship.

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