Tag: temptation

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…

Beyond the Wilderness: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 17 February 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 17 February 2013 (First Sunday of Lent, Year C) Deuteronomy 26:1-11  •  Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16  •  Romans 10:8b-13  •  Luke 4:1-13 I tend to make much of the parallels between Moses and Jesus as Matthew presents them (five books of Moses and five speeches of Jesus; murderous king plotting on the lives of young children; important…

Getting the Story Right: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 21 February 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for 21 February 2010 (Lent, Year C) Deuteronomy 26:1-11 •  Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 •  Romans 10:8b-13 •  Luke 4:1-13 I’m a bit ashamed to admit that, although I could probably recite from memory the “Wandering Aramean Creed,” as I sometimes call it, this is the first time I’ve noted its ritual context.  Because it’s…