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)

For March 17 (Lent 2, Year C)

Luke13:31-35 (online here) When she became the first woman to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Katherine Jefforts Schori preached a sermon that many found offensive, because of one sentence. This one: “Our mother Jesus gives birth [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:14:24+00:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 17 (Lent 2, Year C)

For March 10 (Lent 1, Year C)

Luke 4:1-13 (online here)(Dave Brubeck setting)This is the first Sunday in Lent, and so it's not surprising that the Gospel lesson would be about Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. When we hear this story, it helps us be patient with our own [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:14:35+00:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 10 (Lent 1, Year C)

For March 6 (Ash Wednesday, Year C)

Service for Ash Wednesday (online here)The very name for this day focuses on “the imposition of ashes”—the moment where the minister dips a thumb into the ashes and traces the sign of the cross on the worshipper’s forehead. It can be a [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:14:46+00:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 6 (Ash Wednesday, Year C)

For March 3 (Last Epiphany, Year C)

Luke 9:28-36 (online here)Imagine that you’re part of a group that’s going on an overseas trip. Over the months you’ve gone to a whole series of preparation sessions. Every time, you get a new handout, and on every one of them you [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:14:56+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 3 (Last Epiphany, Year C)

For February 24 (Epiphany 7, Year C)

Luke 6:27-38 (online here)We’ve heard Jesus say Love your neighbor as yourself. That sounds safe enough, even though we regularly confess we haven’t done it. But love your enemies? That’s not safe. In fact, it sounds downright foolish. But that’s what he [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:15:07+00:00February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 24 (Epiphany 7, Year C)

For February 17 (Epiphany 6, Year C)

Luke 6:17-26 (online here)If you’ve sat in church much, you hear words like “Blessed are you…” and you probably think “Oh yeah, The Sermon on the Mount.” Well, that’s not what you heard today. Today’s Gospel lesson is known as The Sermon [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:15:17+00:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 17 (Epiphany 6, Year C)

For February 3 (Epiphany 4, Year C)

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (online here)This week’s Lectionary readings include St. Paul's famous chapter on love. It's probably one of the best passages ever written by anybody anywhere. But what amazes me about it is remembering who wrote it. Because, if you had [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:15:36+00:00January 27th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 3 (Epiphany 4, Year C)

For January 27 (Epiphany 3, Year C)

Luke 4:14-21 (online here)Luke tells us that Jesus went to the local synagogue every Sabbath, and in this reading we hear what happened when he preached at his hometown synagogue.There are two crucial points to notice:First, he reads a passage from Isaiah [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:16:01+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 27 (Epiphany 3, Year C)