Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - August 7, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 1:1,10-20

Judah, the southern kingdom, has been invaded by the Assyrian army. Isaiah interprets Judah’s woes as God’s judgment on her rulers and people. Jerusalem, as yet still free, is likened to Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities were annihilated earlier by God for the depravity of their inhabitants, but there is a difference: God cares for Jerusalem.

Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16

Faith gives substance to our hopes and convinces us of the realities we do not see. The author gives his readers examples of Old Testament figures who had great faith. They trusted in God in spite of lacking the promises Christ has made to us.

Luke 12:32-40

Having told the story of the farmer who allowed wealth to completely obliterate God from his life, Jesus has said that striving for the kingdom is much more important than acquisition of material goods. Now he gives two examples of this striving: first, selling possessions to ensure that one’s focus is on the kingdom of heaven, and second, that we should be ready for his return.

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