For February 16 (Epiphany 6, Year A)

Matthew 5:21-37 This Gospel lesson is daunting. Jesus says that we fall short of God's reign if even our most trivial-seeming thoughts and attitudes fall short of mutual love. (Lust, for example, falls short of mutual love; it’s a selfish desire to [...]

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For February 9 (Epiphany 5, Year A)

Isaiah 58:1-12 The season of Lent is approaching, though still several weeks away. (As a kid, when I first heard the word “Lent,“ I thought people were talking about laundry—I soon learned otherwise.) But one of our readings for this week puts [...]

By |2020-02-03T13:11:30+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 9 (Epiphany 5, Year A)

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 [...]

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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)