Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 4, 2016

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Jeremiah 18:1-11

Jeremiah, inspired by God, uses an example story, an allegory, to try to teach the people and rulers of Judah a lesson. People can choose to do good or to do evil. God notices when people turn towards him, and when they turn away.

Philemon 1-21

Onesimus, a slave in Philemon’s service, has run away from his master and has visited Paul, who is in prison. While with Paul, Onesimus has become a Christian. Now Paul pleads with Philemon to take him back and to exercise leniency towards him.

Luke 14:25-33

Jesus tells the crowds what it takes to become a follower: you must put Christ first. He uses extreme language to make his point.

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