Category Archives: Social Political Issues

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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Pentecost 17 C: Resolutely Watch for God’s Answer

The readings for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Lamentations 1:1–6 Psalm                    Lamentations 3:19–26 or Psalm 137 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Habakkuk 1:1–4, 2:1–4 … Continue reading

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