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Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Second Sunday of Advent - December 6, 2015

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Baruch 5:1-9

Jerusalem, the personified mother of the nation, has stated that the Exile happened because many Israelites did not obey the Law of Moses, but, she has said, God has noted the people’s return to obedience to him, so the time of their return to Jerusalem is imminent.


Malachi 3:1-4

Malachi is a book of prophecy directed to the priests in the Temple. Priests have replaced kings as those closest to God on earth, but the priesthood is corrupt. The prophet speaks in God’s name.


Philippians 1:3-11

In the verses following the salutation of the letter, Paul thanks God for the Christians at Philippi, for sharing in the community of faith ever since their conversion. He expresses confidence that God will complete, at the end of the era, the transformation to godliness already begun in them.


Luke 3:1-6

In language first used in the book of Isaiah to foretell the return of the Israelites from exile, Luke tells us that John the Baptist’s mission is to prepare the way for Jesus, by inviting people to make new starts in life, to live ethically from now on.

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