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Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost - October 23, 2016

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Joel 2:23-32

Joel has described a plague of locusts which has invaded Palestine, with devastating effect. The Day of the Lord can be like this, but if the people of Judah repent and turn to the Lord, he will spare the country from such a fate.


2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18

Honouring Paul by writing in his name, the author comes to the end of his letter to Timothy, a leader in the church who has become discouraged. He depicts Paul as handing on his ministry to Timothy and to future generations of leaders.


Luke 18:9-14

Luke continues to present parables about admission to the kingdom of God. Now Jesus tells an example story to some who took a legalistic approach to being God’s people. Many Jews belonged to the party of the Pharisees so they expect the Pharisee – and not a despised tax collector – to be accepted by God.

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