In response to comments from Pamela Pond:
We would all agree with your solution. This, however, is a matter of translation of the texts. And translation is not our work in the RCL. Our work is to commend a listing of texts appropriate for each Sunday and major holy day of the Church Year. We are not in a position ourselves to decide what will actually be read in the churches.
Some translations, such as the New Revised Standard Version (which a number of our denominations officially commend), have already cared for this exactly as you commend. Others, sadly, do not.
Peace in Christ,
Secretary, The Consultation on Common Texts
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