Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - June 12, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

1 Kings 21:1-10,(11-14),15-21a

Earlier, King Ahab of Israel accepted God’s help in freeing his kingdom from foreign domination, but now he wants a vineyard which must, by law and religious custom, remain in Naboth’s family. He and Queen Jezebel fall from God’s favour through her devious means of acquiring the land for him.

Galatians 2:15-21

Earlier, Peter has eaten with Gentiles, but now, under pressure from conservative Jewish Christians, he has ceased to do so. Paul has challenged him for “not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel”.

Luke 7:36-8:3

It may seem odd to us, but in Jesus’ time entering someone else’s house without invitation was normal behaviour. Jesus would be reclining at the table with his legs away from it, so perhaps the woman anointed his feet rather than his head out of humility and gratitude for his good news.

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