Tag: Lectionary

What Do You See?: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 13 April 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 13 April 2014 (Palm Sunday, Year A) Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29  • Matthew 21:1-11 When they were merely a story, a rumor of a movement up north, I don’t imagine the Jesus people seemed quite real.  After all, that was Galilee, the land of rebellion.  Insurgents must have lined every major road, the…

Out of the Graves: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 6 April 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 6 April 2014 (Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A) Ezekiel 37:1-14  • Psalm 130  • Romans 8:6-11  • John 11:1-45 Ezekiel 37 is a text that I could preach more different ways than most.  The allegory is so rich, and the possibilities for allegorical referent so broad, that even when I avoid the obvious interpretive pitfalls…

Sin-Questions: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 9 March 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 9 March 2014 (First Sunday of Lent, Year A) Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7  • Psalm 32  • Romans 5:12-19  • Matthew 4:1-11 In N.T. Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God, he argues that all world-stories (I like that term better than world-views, largely because it doesn’t try to turn moving pictures…

Metamorphosis: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 2 March 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 2 March 2014 (Transfiguration Sunday, Year A) Exodus 24:12-18  • Psalm 2 or Psalm 99  • 2 Peter 1:16-21  • Matthew 17:1-9 Obviously we should celebrate the Resurrection every year with a Sunday service dedicated to that story, and the Nativity also makes a good deal of sense.  Heck, even Palm Sunday as an annual reading has some…

Temple of God: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 23 February 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 23 February 2014 (7th Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A) Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18  • Psalm 119:33-40  • 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23  • Matthew 5:38-48 This will be another Sunday where I preach not only the verses listed but those in the gap as well.  I honestly don’t know what thought processes lie behind the omission of…

That You May Dwell: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 16 February 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 16 February 2014 (Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A) Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20  • Psalm 119:1-8  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9  • Matthew 5:21-37 I enjoy preaching the Old Testament.  I’ve certainly preached more sermons (and taught more Sunday school lessons) on New Testament texts than on Old, but when I get a chance to get back…

God’s People and Our Sins: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 9 February 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 9 February 2014 (Fifth Sunday of Epiphany, Year A) Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)  • Psalm 112:1-9 (10)  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)  • Matthew 5:13-20 N.T. Wright has taught me, among other things, always to look for the overarching story in which any theological system locates itself.  In his The New Testament and the…

The Foolishness of God: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 2 February 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 2 February 2014 (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A) Micah 6:1-8  • Psalm 15  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31  • Matthew 5:1-12 Language can certainly be a strange phenomenon sometimes.  In 2014 Paul’s unforgettable phrase “the weakness of God” is the title of a recent book of post-orthodox philosophical theology, and its companion phrase “the foolishness…

One Christ: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 26 January 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 26 January 2014 (Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C) Isaiah 9:1-4  • Psalm 27:1, 4-9  • 1 Corinthians 1:10-18  • Matthew 4:12-23 I’ll go ahead and lead with a confession: I’m no better, sometimes, than the conveniently inconsistent stereotype.  I too call for church unity just as loudly as everyone else does, except where my…

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…

Signs of Life: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 27 October 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 27 October 2013 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Joel 2:23-32 and Psalm 65  • Sirach 35:12-17 or Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 and Psalm 84:1-7  • 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18  • Luke 18:9-14 Two things boggle my mind, and three make me wonder whether read the Bible at all: the clarity with which the text states that God has wronged this or that…

Becoming Israel: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 20 October 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 20 October 2013 (Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Psalm 119:97-104  • Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 121  • 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5  • Luke 18:1-8 When a passage in the Bible leaves us in darkness, Augustine teaches us, we should reach towards a bit of the Bible that sheds more light, and the mysterious bit we would do…

The Tenth: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 13 October 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 13 October 2013 (Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 and Psalm 66:1-12  • 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c and Psalm 111  • 2 Timothy 2:8-15  • Luke 17:11-19 Sometimes Biblical passages just beg for Midrashic readings.  On the surface, the details don’t add up, so the options available to the interpreter are to ignore most of them, usually…

What Habakkuk Saw: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings from 6 October 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 6 October 2013 (20th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Lamentations 1:1-6 and Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137  • Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 and Psalm 37:1-9  • 2 Timothy 1:1-14  • Luke 17:5-10 Habakkuk is one of those short little prophetic books that’s an under-appreciated goldmine.  In three brief chapters it explores the relationships between Psalmic lament and prophetic lawsuit-oracle; presents one of the…

Holding the Truth: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 29 September 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 29 September 2013 (19th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 and Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16  • Amos 6:1a, 4-7 and Psalm 146  • 1 Timothy 6:6-19  • Luke 16:19-31 As I often do, I’m slightly altering the Lectionary’s range of verses for next week, preaching Jeremiah 32:1-15 without skipping verses.  I’m not sure what the editors found offensive about…