For January 26 (Epiphany 3, Year A)

Matthew 4:12-23 Peter, Andrew, James, and John—Matthew tells us that these were the very first followers of Jesus. All Jesus did was call to them, and they walked out on their steady jobs into an uncharted future. Why would they do that? [...]

By |2020-01-25T16:39:59+00:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 26 (Epiphany 3, Year A)

For January 19 (Epiphany 2, Year A)

John 1:29-42 Our lesson from the Gospel of John is about another John – most often referred to as John the Baptist. I've run into people who think that this John's title made him a member of a Baptist church. So, for [...]

By |2020-01-20T01:41:15+00:00January 18th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 19 (Epiphany 2, Year A)

For January 5 & 6 (Second Sunday after Christmas & Feast of the Epiphany, All Years)

Matthew 2:1-12 (online here) Christmas ends with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. The word “epiphany” means “disclosure,” and in this case it refers to the first disclosure of Jesus’ arrival, and of God’s universally reconciling presence, to non-Jews (aka [...]

By |2019-12-31T10:49:50+00:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 5 & 6 (Second Sunday after Christmas & Feast of the Epiphany, All Years)

For December 25 & 29 (Christmas Day & the Sunday After, All Years)

John 1:1-14, or 1:1-18 (online here & here) First was Meaning* Godward and Godful** Entry to all else Lively and all-enlightening. Then was Meaning enfleshed Living among us Shining bountifully and truthfully Unquenched by rejection In the face of Jesus Christ. No one has [...]

By |2019-12-31T10:51:41+00:00December 25th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 25 & 29 (Christmas Day & the Sunday After, All Years)

For December 22 (Advent 4, Year A)

Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 Let’s face it, Isaiah was not thinking about Jesus when he spoke these words to King Ahaz. His focus was on a baby to be born very soon, not hundreds of years later, and he’s assuring Ahaz that [...]

By |2019-12-21T15:14:22+00:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 22 (Advent 4, Year A)

For December 15 (Advent 3, Year A)

Luke 1:46-55 (Canticle 15 Book of Common Prayer, Magnificat)* “This song of Mary’s is the oldest Advent hymn. It is the most passionate, most vehement, one might almost say, most revolutionary Advent hymn ever sung. It is not the gentle, sweet, dreamy [...]

By |2019-12-14T13:46:12+00:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 15 (Advent 3, Year A)

For December 8 (Advent 2, Year A)

Matthew 3:1-12 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near" (Matthew 3:2). That was John the Baptist's sermon, Jesus' too (4:17). Were they crazy or what? If the kingdom of heaven, God's reign, had come near, where is it now? It's [...]

By |2019-12-04T13:14:18+00:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 8 (Advent 2, Year A)

For December 1 (Advent 1, Year A)

Isaiah 2:1-5 Our sponsoring Lutheran and Episcopal churches follow the traditional calendar of the church year. Unlike the calendar on your computer or mobile device, the church calendar begins with the first Sunday in Advent. This year, that's December 1. One thing [...]

By |2019-11-25T12:44:50+00:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 1 (Advent 1, Year A)