Category Archives: Reflections on Sunday Readings

Lent 2 B: Drawn Near by Our Pain

The Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent are… Old Testament      Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 Psalm                    Psalm 22:23–31 New Testament     Romans 4:13–25 Gospel                   Mark 8:31–38 or Mark 9:2–9 Early morning, the spring before last, I looked out … Continue reading

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Lent 1 B 2024:  God Wants It All

The Readings for the First Sunday of Lent are Old Testament      Genesis 9:8–17 Psalm                    Psalm 25:1–10 New Testament     1 Peter 3:18–22 Gospel                   Mark 1:9–15 God wants it all. Sick religion leaves us reducing the good news … Continue reading

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Pentecost 23 A: Arming Ourselves for Peace

The second lesson for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost is 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that … Continue reading

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Pentecost 20 A: The Death of Death.

Isaiah 25  O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. 2     For you have made the city a heap, the … Continue reading

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Epiphany 4 A: God Chose What Is Not to Destroy What Is

The readings for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany are… Old Testament      Micah 6:1–8 Psalm                    Psalm 15 New Testament     1 Corinthians 1:18–31 Gospel                   Matthew 5:1–12 This is my last pandemic blog post. Why my last? Because … Continue reading

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Epiphany 3 A: The Light of Jesus for Today’s Darkness

The lessons for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany are Old Testament      Isaiah 9:1–4 Psalm                    Psalm 27:1, 4–9 New Testament     1 Corinthians 1:10–18 Gospel                   Matthew 4:12–23 The first few chapters of Matthew have been overture. Now … Continue reading

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Epiphany 2 A: Marching to a Different Drummer

The readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany are…  Old Testament     Isaiah 49:1–7 Psalm                    Psalm 40:1–11 New Testament     1 Corinthians 1:1–9 Gospel                   John 1:29–42 Isaiah 49 sets the tone for this Sunday’s readings, describing Servant … Continue reading

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Baptism of the Lord A: God Shows No Partiality

The readings for the Baptism of the Lord are Old Testament      Isaiah 42:1–9 Psalm                    Psalm 29 New Testament     Acts 10:34–43 Gospel                   Matthew 3:13–17 When the author of Luke and Acts thought of the most important implication … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day ABC: Our Eternal Now

The Readings for New Year’s Day are Old Testament      Ecclesiastes 3:1–13 Psalm                     Psalm 8 New Testament     Revelation 21:1–6a Gospel                   Matthew 25:31–46 There are so many things that the church could mark on this Sunday:  New Year, … Continue reading

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Christmas Day A: New Lenses for the Eyes of Our Spirits

The readings for Christmas Day are Old Testament      Isaiah 52:7–10 Psalm                    Psalm 98 New Testament     Hebrews 1:1–4 (5–12) Gospel                   John 1:1–14 This past year I have been living inside a parable of the Incarnation. Here now … Continue reading

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