For July 14 (Proper 10, Year C)

Luke 10:25-37 (online here)  Don't you wish the rest of the Bible focused on love as much as today's Gospel lesson? You can read passage after passage, or just try listening to the readings on Sunday morning, and more often than not [...]

By |2019-07-14T08:38:18+00:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 14 (Proper 10, Year C)

For July 7 (Proper 9, Year C)

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 (online here) One of the most popular buzzwords being tossed about by church leaders today is “missional.” What does it mean—“missional”? Sometimes, when I read the literature, it seems to mean misusing an adjective as a noun. You find [...]

By |2019-07-06T15:45:28+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 7 (Proper 9, Year C)

For June 30 (Proper 8, Year C)

Luke 9:51-62 (online here) When Luke jotted down this episode in this week’s Gospel reading, he was trying to make it come alive for people in his generation. So it wouldn’t hurt to try retelling it today in more contemporary terms. Try [...]

By |2019-06-29T10:13:03+00:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 30 (Proper 8, Year C)

For June 23 (Proper 7, Year C)

Galatians 3:23-29 (online here); Luke 8:26-39 (online here) Back in Jesus’ time, if you found yourself pulled apart by forces beyond anybody’s control, you might call those forces demons and turn to an exorcist for treatment. Nowadays, we call these forces moods and [...]

By |2019-06-23T11:54:44+00:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 23 (Proper 7, Year C)

For June 16 (Trinity Sunday, Year C)

Readings for Trinity Sunday online here. The Sunday after Pentecost is known as Trinity Sunday. I never quite know how people will react to that news. Over the years on this day, more often than not, I’ve heard preacher after preacher studiously [...]

By |2019-06-10T09:48:36+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 16 (Trinity Sunday, Year C)

For June 9 (Pentecost Sunday, Year C)

Acts 2:1-21 (online here) Who knows what to do with the Holy Spirit? Mystery writer Dorothy Sayers once wrote a tongue-in-cheek catechism back in the 1940s, where she tried to imagine what typical members of the Church of England might answer if [...]

By |2019-06-08T11:42:38+00:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 9 (Pentecost Sunday, Year C)

For June 2 (Easter 7, Year C)

John 17:20-26 (online here) Jesus prayed to God that all his followers “may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one.” He was not praying for an end to all our [...]

By |2019-05-31T12:27:00+00:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 2 (Easter 7, Year C)

For May 26 (Easter 6, Year C)

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 (online here) As I’ve mentioned before, the bizarre visions of John of Patmos almost didn’t make it into the New Testament. People were still debating whether to include it for several centuries. But it did get included. Today’s reading [...]

By |2019-05-25T11:43:37+00:00May 25th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 26 (Easter 6, Year C)

For May 19 (Easter 5, Year C)

John 13:31-35 (online here)Here’s Jesus at his last supper. Judas has left the building. It ought to be a somber time, but Jesus sounds pretty upbeat—God’s life in him is glorified even in betrayal. And then he says, “Oh, by the way, [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:11:53+00:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 19 (Easter 5, Year C)

For May 12 (Easter 4, Year C)

(Readings online here)The Fourth Sunday in Easter celebrates Jesus as "The Good Shepherd." In the Roman Catacombs one of the earliest paintings of Jesus depicts a beardless youth carrying a lamb on his shoulders.It's an appealing picture in some ways. In other [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:12:12+00:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 12 (Easter 4, Year C)