Tag: John the Baptist

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…

What Are You Seeking?: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 19 January 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 19 January 2014 (Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A) Isaiah 49:1-7  • Psalm 40:1-11  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-9  • John 1:29-42 First of all, so that nobody has to say it first, I agree that I didn’t write enough Bible posts (or posts in general, really) in 2013.  I hope I can turn that around…

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…