Tag: Advent

The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode # 116: The Magnificat

Download or stream this episode Knowing A big thanks and a warm welcome to  our guest, D.L. Mayfield! Panel intros What is the Magnificat? Our past experiences with the text Reading Diving deeper into the text itself: significant language; reaching back to the OT; connections to Jesus’ ministry Some relevant paragraphs from the Catechism of…

How God Remembers: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 20 December 2015

Micah 5:2-5a  • Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7  • Hebrews 10:5-10  • Luke 1:39-45, (46-55) One of my favorite bits of wisdom for reading the Bible comes from Robert Alter’s book The Art of Biblical Narrative: What we need to understand better is that the religious vision of the Bible is given depth and subtlety precisely by being…

Jumping the Gun: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 13 December 2015

Zephaniah 3:14-20  • Isaiah 12:2-6  • Philippians 4:4-7  • Luke 3:7-18 Once again, reading the text of the Bible carefully reminds me why these blog posts do me at least as much good as they do any readers who happen along.  Certainly I wasn’t unaware that John the Baptist tends to show up each year during Advent.  That’s…

That Other Song: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 6 December 2015

Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4  • Luke 1:68-79  • Philippians 1:3-11  •Luke 3:1-6 Everyone loves the Magnificat, and I don’t blame them.  The faithful with a traditional theological bent can exult in the opening declaration that “My soul magnifies the LORD,” and those who call themselves progressive rejoice in the great power-reversals that Mary’s song narrates.  (Since I’m…

For YHWH I Wait: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 29 November 2015

Jeremiah 33:14-16  • Psalm 25:1-10  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13  • Luke 21:25-36 As I publish this reflection, I will have been an ex-preacher for almost eleven months.  I deliberated on whether I should narrate with any degree of detail how that came to pass, but I’m going to choose not to for now.  For the sake of some…

A Guide into Peace: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 9 December 2012

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 9 December 2012 (Second Sunday of Advent, Year C) Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4  • Luke 1:68-79  • Philippians 1:3-11  • Luke 3:1-6 Perhaps it’s because I’ve been re-reading Walter Brueggemann’s big Theology of the Old Testament, but I notice as I read the song of Zechariah just how Exodus-shaped it really is.  Israel has enemies, and the song…

The Kingdom is Near: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 2 December 2012

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 2 December 2012 (First Sunday of Advent, Year C) Jeremiah 33:14-16  • Psalm 25:1-10  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13  • Luke 21:25-36 People who know me, in person or through the podcast, know that I’m not a Calvinist, but those folks also know that, when Calvinists are right, I’m usually ready to say they’re…

Appearing at the Jordan: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 4 December 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 4 December 2011 (Second Sunday of Advent, Year B) Isaiah 40:1-11  •  Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13  •  2 Peter 3:8-15a   •  Mark 1:1-8 Over the years, since I discovered in 1996 that the four gospels are delightfully different characters (I took my first college-level New Testament class in 1996), I’ve come to like Mark, if such is…

Prophecy, Theodicy, Morality: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 27 November 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for 27 November 2011 (First Sunday of Advent, Year B) Isaiah 64:1-9  • Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19  • 1 Corinthians 1:3-9  • Mark 13:24-37 The new Church year is upon us, and this Sunday (I’ll be preaching this Sunday, so I’ve been thinking especially hard about this) brings us a text from Isaiah that reveals…

Jesus the Bastard: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 19 December 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 19 December 2010 (Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A) Isaiah 7:10-16 • Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 • Romans 1:1-7 • Matthew 1:18-25 I’m sure somebody has written on this parallel before, but I just noticed this year that the opening of the gospel according to Saint Matthew bears a striking resemblance…

Expecting beyond Imagination: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 28 November 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 28 November 2010 (First Sunday of Advent, Year A) Isaiah 2:1-5 • Psalm 122 • Romans 13:11-14 • Matthew 24:36-44 I’ve read in a number of places (some of them even in the New Testament) that God uses events that the naked eye would interpret as bad luck as a…