Category Archives: Reflections on Sunday Readings

Epiphany 3 C: The World’s Wordless Whispers

The readings for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany are: Old Testament      Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10 Psalm                    Psalm 19 New Testament     1 Corinthians 12:12–31a Gospel                   Luke 4:14–21 The whole idea of the Epiphany season of the … Continue reading

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Epiphany 2 C: Neighbor Love is Costly

The readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany are Old Testament      Isaiah 62:1–5 Psalm                    Psalm 36:5–10 New Testament     1 Corinthians 12:1–11 Gospel                   John 2:1–11 It’s time we affirmed that loving the neighbor requires a price … Continue reading

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Epiphany 1 C: Christ, Wind, and Fire

The readings for The First Sunday after the Epiphany/The Baptism of Our Lord are: Old Testament      Isaiah 43:1–7 Psalm                    Psalm 29 New Testament     Acts 8:14–17 Gospel                   Luke 3:15–17, 21–22 We will focus here on Luke  and … Continue reading

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Christmas 2 C: Pandemic Loneliness and God’s Self-Giving

The readings for the Second Sunday After Christmas are Old Testament      Jeremiah 31:7–14 or Sirach 24:1–12 Psalm                    Psalm 147:12–20 or Wisdom of Solomon 10:15–21 New Testament     Ephesians 1:3–14 Gospel                   John (1:1–9) 10–18 The verse I want … Continue reading

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Christmas 1C: All That and More

The Readings for the First Sunday of Christmas are Old Testament      1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26 Psalm                    Psalm 148 New Testament     Colossians 3:12–17 Gospel                   Luke 2:41–52 The Gospel lesson for the first Sunday after Christmas takes us … Continue reading

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Advent 4C: Baby Jesus and the Revolution

The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent are Old Testament      Micah 5:2–5a Psalm                    Luke 1:46b–55 or Psalm 80:1–7 New Testament     Hebrews 10:5–10 Gospel                   Luke 1:39–45 (46–55) The only two places in the Bible that tell … Continue reading

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Advent 3 C: The Ideal of Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times

The readings for the Third Sunday of Advent are Old Testament      Zephaniah 3:14–20 Psalm                    Isaiah 12:2–6 New Testament     Philippians 4:4–7 Gospel                   Luke 3:7–18 We might think these extraordinary pandemic times call for extraordinary people. We might … Continue reading

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Advent 2 C: Omicron as Refining Fire

The readings for this Second Sunday of Advent are Old Testament      Malachi 3:1–4 Psalm                    Luke 1:68–79 New Testament     Philippians 1:3–11 Gospel                   Luke 3:1–6 This past week a wave of panic has swept the globe. We know … Continue reading

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Advent 1 C: Heads-up Christianity

The lessons for the First Sunday of Advent are: Old Testament      Jeremiah 33:14–16 Psalm                    Psalm 25:1–10 New Testament     1 Thessalonians 3:9–13 Gospel                   Luke 21:25–36 Today I had yet another conversation about yet another person quitting their … Continue reading

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Christ the King B: “You’re Gonna Have to Serve Somebody”

The lessons for Christ the King, year B, are: Old Testament       Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14 Psalm                    Psalm 93 New Testament      Revelation 1:4b–8 Gospel                   John 18:33–37 Bob Dylan published a song in 1979, during the peak years of … Continue reading

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