For July 19 (Proper 11, Year A)

Isaiah 44:6-8 There’s something going on in this passage from Isaiah that makes a former theology professor like me get positively wonky. I’m going to do that now, though I’ll try to rein myself in. Bear with me. Most scholars have concluded [...]

By |2020-07-18T11:34:37+00:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 19 (Proper 11, Year A)

For July 12 (Proper 10, Year A)

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 This week we have a parable, a familiar one to many of us, and just in case we’re too dense to figure out its meaning, Jesus gives us his own interpretation. In today’s terms it sounds like a story [...]

By |2020-07-11T11:30:08+00:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 12 (Proper 10, Year A)

For July 5 (Proper 9, Year A)

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke  upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:37:57+00:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 5 (Proper 9, Year A)

For June 21 (Proper 7, Year A)

Matthew 10:24-39 Here is what I have said about this passage in previous years (scroll down for what needs to be said this year): We love to hear Jesus saying, “blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt. 5:9). But today we hear, “Do not [...]

By |2020-06-20T10:40:32+00:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 21 (Proper 7, Year A)

For June 14 (Proper 6, Year A)

Genesis 18:1-15 “Sarah laughed within herself, saying: ‘After I have become worn out, is there to be pleasure for me?’”—Genesis 18:12* That was Sarah’s question to herself, laughing with a mixture of disbelief and longing at a stranger’s promise that sounded unrealistic, [...]

By |2020-06-13T13:16:45+00:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 14 (Proper 6, Year A)

For June 7 (Trinity Sunday, Year A)

2 Corinthians 12:11-13: “As for the rest, brothers and sisters, rejoice, be restored, be encouraged, be of the same care, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All [...]

By |2020-09-25T09:50:16+00:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 7 (Trinity Sunday, Year A)

For Trinity Sunday, Year A, Some Other Time

2 Corinthians 13:11-13 On Trinity Sunday it’s awfully easy for somebody like me, a former theology professor, to get lost in some pretty convoluted formulas that might be fun for some people to play with but tend to shut many people out. [...]

By |2020-06-01T11:05:11+00:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For Trinity Sunday, Year A, Some Other Time

For May 31 (Pentecost or Whitsunday, Year A)

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 |2020-05-20T13:49:55+00:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 31 (Pentecost or Whitsunday, Year A)

For May 24 (Easter 7, Year A)

Acts 1:6-14 This is the time when we focus on the Ascension of Jesus, both on the feast day (Thursday) and on the Sunday afterwards. So, big surprise, we get a reading about Jesus being taken up into heaven on both days. [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:07:28+00:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For May 24 (Easter 7, Year A)