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Pentecost 2B: The Alternative Family as Racism’s Cure

Readings for the Second Sunday After Pentecost or Proper 5 Old Testament      Genesis 3:8–15 Psalm                    Psalm 130 New Testament     2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 Gospel                   Mark 3:20–35 Let’s focus on the Gospel reading. Jesus goes home. He learns … Continue reading

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Trinity B: The Stormy Glory of Embracing Diversity

The readings for this Sunday are: Old Testament      Isaiah 6:1–8 Psalm                    Psalm 29 New Testament     Romans 8:12–17 Gospel                   John 3:1–17 We have heard about George Floyd’s death for a year now, and about the explosion of … Continue reading

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Easter 7 B: Choices Have Consequences

The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B, are Many years ago I asked my friend the dentist which of my teeth I truly had to floss. “Only the ones you want to keep,” he said. Not long … Continue reading

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Easter 6B: The Happy Paradox of Voluntary Servitude

The Readings for this Sixth Sunday of Easter: First Reading         Acts 10:44–48 Psalm                    Psalm 98 New Testament     1 John 5:1–6 Gospel                   John 15:9–17 It’s sooo hard for us to understand and accept true freedom. It’s so … Continue reading

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Easter 5B: What the World Needs Now is Love

The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter are: First Reading         Acts 8:26–40 Psalm                    Psalm 22:25–31 New Testament     1 John 4:7–21 Gospel                   John 15:1–8 Hal David wrote the lyrics, Burt Bacharach the music, and Jackie deShannon … Continue reading

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Easter 2 B: Resurrection Oneness

Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter are First Reading         Acts 4:32–35 Psalm                    Psalm 133 New Testament     1 John 1:1–2:2 Gospel                   John 20:19–31 Throughout all my years of ministry if I had a choice of things … Continue reading

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Easter B: Resurrection Questions

The readings for Easter Year B, The Resurrection of Our Lord First Reading         Acts 10:34–43 or Isaiah 25:6–9 Psalm                    Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 New Testament     1 Corinthians 15:1–11 or Acts 10:34–43 Gospel                   John 20:1–18 or Mark 16:1–8 … Continue reading

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Lent 4 B: Poisonous Prevention

These are the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent Old Testament      Numbers 21:4–9 Psalm                    Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22 New Testament     Ephesians 2:1–10 Gospel                   John 3:14–21 The Old Testament and Gospel readings both refer to famous cases … Continue reading

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At the Tomb of Lazarus

John 11:1-45 Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A Several times a day my wife and I scan the New York Times on line. These days, of course, we find that almost every article is more bad news about the … Continue reading

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Nicodemus and Us

This is my second “blog in a time of pandemic.” And it fits also in my ongoing series of reflections on the Sunday readings. (I rely greatly in these comments on the scholarship of the late Raymond E. Brown, and I love his idea … Continue reading

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