Tag: Lent

Learning to Have Been Lost: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 6 March 2016

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 6 March 2016 (Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C) Joshua 5:9-12  • Psalm 32  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21  • Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 I know I gripe about this too much, but why to the lectionary’s editors cut out two whole blasted parables from this week’s reading?  Have attention spans waned to the point where we can’t…

Ways and Thoughts: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 28 February 2016

Isaiah 55:1-9  • Psalm 63:1-8  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-13  • Luke 13:1-9 Too often, I fear, folks praise a writer or other public figure as “prophetic” because that public figure speaks moralistically, often aggressively against people that we stand against.  Too often such a figure becomes “prophetic” by ignoring the human complexities of why someone might disagree with us, branding them…

Faith in a World with Moving Parts: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 21 March 2016

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18  • Psalm 27  • Philippians 3:17-4:1  • Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a) The second Sunday in Lent, a season dedicated to fasting and reflection on our sins, seems a strange place for Genesis 15.  (As is my wont, for the sake of this post, I’m going to include the verses that the Revised Common…

A Season for Testing: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 14 February 2016

Deuteronomy 26:1-11  • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16  • Romans 10:8b-13  • Luke 4:1-13 Since Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, I have a public-service announcement to make: LENT IS A FAST. FASTING MEANS ABSTAINING FROM SOMETHING INHERENTLY GOOD, FOR A SET TIME, FOR SPIRITUAL REASONS.  IF YOU PLAN TO “GIVE UP” SOMETHING THAT’S ALREADY INHERENTLY BAD, THAT’S NOT LENT.  THAT’S REPENTANCE. Alright.  I feel…

The Festival of Bad Ideas: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 1 April 2012

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 1 April 2012 (Palm Sunday, Year B) Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29  • Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16 Palm Sunday is, second only to Ash Wednesday, my favorite bit of practical theology.  On Ash Wednesday, of course, Christians hear read the passage in which Jesus commands the faithful not to go about dirty-faced…