For November 15 (Proper 28, Year A)

Matthew 25:14-30 There are always multiple ways to read Jesus’ parables. Here’s one way to read this one. This “Parable of the Talents” is not about cultivating talents like singing and dancing. A talent is unit of currency—a mind boggling amount of [...]

By |2020-11-10T12:58:37+00:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 15 (Proper 28, Year A)

For November 8 (Proper 27, Year A)

Amos 5:18-24 I hope you all voted, regardless of whom you wanted to see in office. For many of us it seems to have been one of the most consequential elections in our memory. Now here we are in the aftermath, with [...]

By |2020-11-08T08:22:29+00:00November 7th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 8 (Proper 27, Year A)

For November 1 (All Saints’ Day, Year A)

Revelation 7:9-17 Saints aren’t just people who appear on somebody’s official list. That’s one meaning, of course, and a legitimate one. But “to sanctify” originally means “to set apart,” or “to single out,” so “saint” means God’s “set-apart,” “singled-out” people—the people singled out [...]

By |2020-10-31T10:38:17+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 1 (All Saints’ Day, Year A)

For October 25 (Proper 25, Year A)

Matthew  22:34-40; Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-19, 33-34 (I’ve cropped off part of one lesson and added a couple of verses to the other to bring out some comparisons.) Everybody loves Jesus’ teaching about the Great Commandment: Love God with your whole self; [...]

By |2020-10-20T15:56:57+00:00October 20th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 25 (Proper 25, Year A)

For October 18 (Proper 24, Year A)

Matthew 22:15-22 "Give ... to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." This is one of Jesus' better-known sayings. It can be interpreted several different ways. Some people use it to justify separation [...]

By |2020-10-15T13:45:57+00:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 18 (Proper 24, Year A)

For October 11 (Proper 23, Year A)

Exodus 32:1-14 What is our Bible doing with this story of a God who has to be shamed into forgiveness? How can Moses change God’s mind? We love to chant “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases” (Lam. 3:22), but God’s [...]

By |2020-10-10T10:26:47+00:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 11 (Proper 23, Year A)

For October 4 (Proper 22, Year A)

Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-46 Isaiah and Jesus both tell us stories about vineyards. In both lessons, the vineyard is a metaphor for the community of love and justice God yearns to see established among us. But these vineyards produce the opposite—they keep [...]

By |2020-10-03T07:59:33+00:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 4 (Proper 22, Year A)

For September 27 (Proper 21, Year A)

Philippians 2:1-13 Years before the first Gospels were written, maybe even decades before, the earliest Christians were sharing the story of Jesus through hymns they could quickly memorize. Paul quotes one of them in this week’s reading. Here’s how it probably went as [...]

By |2020-09-26T13:11:45+00:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For September 27 (Proper 21, Year A)