For May 17 (Easter 6, Year A)

Acts 17:22-31 Sometimes how we pray to God and think about God draws us closer to God, but sometimes it gets in the way. Sometimes it might do both. I suspect most of us have a picture of God in the back [...]

By |2020-05-16T11:02:28+00:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 17 (Easter 6, Year A)

For May 10 (Easter 5, Year A)

John 14:1-14 In the church of my childhood I was taught that, if you want God to welcome you, you have to know about Jesus, you have to believe that he’s your only hope, and you have to ask him to move [...]

By |2020-05-05T09:58:14+00:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 10 (Easter 5, Year A)

For May 3 (Easter 4, Year A)

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. [...]

By |2020-05-01T11:27:00+00:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 3 (Easter 4, Year A)

For April 26 (Easter 3, Year A)

Luke 24:13-35 If you have ever been to a Taize service, you may have heard or sung this chant over and over again for about five minutes: “Within our darkest night, you kindle a fire that never dies away.” Or maybe you [...]

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For April 19 (Easter 2, All Years)

John 20:19-31 (online here) [As one might infer, this is a sermon preached in my own Episcopal Church.] 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 [...]

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For April 12 (Easter Sunday Evening, All Years)

Luke 24:13-49 The earliest testimonies to Jesus' resurrection had difficulty describing what had happened. It defied everyday categories, and it was life-changing. The only first-person testimony actually comes from St. Paul. In first Corinthians Paul tells us that Jesus forgivingly appeared to [...]

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For April 11, Nightfall (Easter Vigil, Year A)

Readings online here. The Easter Vigil really is my favorite service of the year. We go through the drama of waiting in near-total darkness, waiting for more light to dawn, and then finding ourselves suddenly flooded with light, ringing bells, festive hymns, [...]

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For April 10 (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 [...]

By |2020-04-08T14:22:27+00:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 10 (Good Friday, All Years)

For April 9 (Maundy Thursday, All Years)

(Readings online here) In the entire rhythm of our church year there are two services in my home parish that affect me most deeply. One is the Easter Vigil. This, Maundy Thursday, is the other one. One starts in darkness and ends [...]

By |2020-04-08T11:05:20+00:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 9 (Maundy Thursday, All Years)