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)

For April 28 (Easter 2, Year C)

John 20:19-31 (online here)We always hear about Thomas the Twin and his doubts on the second Sunday in Easter. That, John tells us, is when it happened—the second Sunday in Easter. I don't think anybody had come up with a Church Calendar [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:12:36+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 28 (Easter 2, Year C)

For April 20, 21 (Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Year C)

(Readings online here and here)[Delivered at the Easter Vigil, but the same Gospel lesson (Luke 24:1-12) can be used on Easter Sunday] You know, what’s really disconcerting about tonight’s Gospel lesson is that nobody actually saw the risen Jesus—at least not yet. Did [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:12:48+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 20, 21 (Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Year C)

For April 19 (Good Friday, All Years)

(Readings online here)At the Passover Seder it’s customary for a child to ask, “How is this night different from all other nights?” And the answer is a peculiar one. To paraphrase, “What makes this night different is the way it connects us [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:13:26+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 19 (Good Friday, All Years)

For April 18 (Maundy Thursday, All Years)

(Readings online here)In the entire rhythm of our church year there are two services that affect me most deeply. One is the Easter Vigil. This is the other one. One starts in darkness and ends flooded with light and sound. The other, [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:13:35+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 18 (Maundy Thursday, All Years)

For April 14 (Palm Sunday, Year C)

Philippians 2:5-11 (online here)Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. In my Church we start the liturgy with waving palm fronds and hosannas only to end with a story of betrayal, injustice and a singularly painful death. It’s almost [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:13:46+00:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 14 (Palm Sunday, Year C)

For April 7 (Lent 5, Year C)

John 12:1-8 (online here)Last week we heard Jesus tell a story about a son who squandered everything to his own detriment and a father who also squandered everything in joyful reconciliation. This week we’ve switched Gospels from Luke to John, but we’ve [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:13:55+00:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 7 (Lent 5, Year C)

For March 31 (Lent 3, Year C)

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 (online here)“The Prodigal Son” is probably one of the best known parables in the Bible, but  we sometimes get so sentimental about the story that we gloss over the discomforting details. To begin with, we don’t always notice how [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:14:06+00:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 31 (Lent 3, Year C)

For March 24 (Lent 3, Year C)

Exodus 3:1-15 (online here)Moses wants to know how to name God. And God’s answer is really annoying. “I AM Who I AM.” That doesn’t exactly settle anything. Of course the answer can also be translated, “I will be who I will be.” [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:14:16+00:00March 16th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 24 (Lent 3, Year C)