Category Archives: John’s Posts

Advent 2 A: Christ is Here! Christ Shall Come Again!

The lessons for the Second Sunday of Advent are: Old Testament      Isaiah 11:1–10 Psalm                    Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19 New Testament     Romans 15:4–13 Gospel                   Matthew 3:1–12 I’m willing to bet that when the prophet Isaiah pronounced this famous … Continue reading

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Advent 1 A: Holy Dissatisfaction

The readings for the First Sunday of Advent are: Old Testament      Isaiah 2:1–5 Psalm                    Psalm 122 New Testament     Romans 13:11–14 Gospel                   Matthew 24:36–44 In his 1843 book, Fear and Trembling, the Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, criticized … Continue reading

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Christ the King C: Woe to Shepherds Who Scatter

The readings for this Christ the King Sunday are Old Testament      Jeremiah 23:1–6 Psalm                    Luke 1:68–79 or Psalm 46 New Testament     Colossians 1:11–20 Gospel                   Luke 23:33–43 Jeremiah proclaims a divine oracle of woe unto those who … Continue reading

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Pentecost 23 C: Christianity, Violence, Love, and Elections

The lessons for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost are… Old Testament      Malachi 4:1–2a Psalm                    Psalm 98 New Testament     2 Thessalonians 3:6–13 Gospel                   Luke 21:5–19 As I write this post it is the day of mid-term elections. … Continue reading

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All Saints Day C: The Last Laugh after Midterm Elections

The Lessons for All Saints Day/Sunday are: Old Testament      Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18 Psalm                    Psalm 149 New Testament     Ephesians 1:11–23 Gospel                   Luke 6:20–31 I’m particularly interested in our Gospel reading, and having the last laugh. Jesus speaks … Continue reading

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Pentecost 21 C: Envy, the Primal Sin

The readings for the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Habakkuk 1:1–4, 2:1–4 Psalm                    Psalm 119:137–144 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Isaiah 1:10–18 Psalm                    … Continue reading

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Pentecost 20 C: Welcome to the Church’s Golden Age!

The readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Joel 2:23–32 Psalm                    Psalm 65 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Sirach 35:12–17 or Jeremiah 14:7–10, 19–22 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 19C: Plagues and Promises

The lessons for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Jeremiah 31:27–34 Psalm                    Psalm 119:97–104 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Genesis 32:22–31 Psalm                    Psalm 121 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 18 C: What is Worth the Risk?

The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament            Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7 Psalm Psalm 66:1–12 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament            2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c Psalm   Psalm … Continue reading

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Wooly Bear: Another Everyday Miracle

Everybody’s favorite weather predicting caterpillar, the wooly bear, makes its way around Heatherhope Farm these beautiful autumn days. We are often disappointed to find out that its purported miraculous weather prognostication is a bust. A wide brown patch doesn’t always … Continue reading

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