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For March 6 (Lent 1, Year C)

Luke 4:1-13 Back when I was first ordained, although I didn’t have a parish appointment, it seemed that I wound up preaching somewhere on the first Sunday of Lent every year. After several years of that, when Fr. Steve Giovangelo asked me [...]

By |2022-01-24T10:18:14+00:00January 24th, 2022|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 6 (Lent 1, Year C)

For March 2 (Ash Wednesday, All Years)

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 [...]

By |2022-01-24T09:22:22+00:00January 24th, 2022|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For March 2 (Ash Wednesday, All Years)

For February 27 (Last Epiphany, Year C)

Luke 9:28-36  Today is the Sunday of the Transfiguration, the last Sunday in Epiphany, the last Sunday before Lent, our last chance to be festive before everything turns somber and we give up saying “alleluia” until the Easter Vigil. So we might [...]

By |2022-01-23T11:41:40+00:00January 23rd, 2022|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 27 (Last Epiphany, Year C)

For February 20 (Epiphany 7, Year C)

Luke 6:27-38 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 said: [...]

By |2021-12-23T08:15:18+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 20 (Epiphany 7, Year C)

For February 13 (Epiphany 6, Year C)

Luke 6:17-26 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 on [...]

By |2021-12-23T08:11:32+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For February 13 (Epiphany 6, Year C)

For January 30 (Epiphany 4, Year C)

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 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 first [...]

By |2021-12-23T07:58:43+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 30 (Epiphany 4, Year C)

For January 23 (Epiphany 3, Year C)

Luke 4:14-21 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 [...]

By |2022-01-22T12:03:45+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 23 (Epiphany 3, Year C)