For May 22 (Easter 6, Year C)

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 Maybe you’ve noticed in the past few weeks that we’ve been reading from the Revelation of St. John the Divine for our second lesson. In fact this brief period is the only time in our three-year cycle of readings [...]

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For May 15 (Easter 5, Year C)

John 13:31-35  Here’s Jesus at his last supper. Judas has left the building. It ought to be a somber time, but Jesus sounds pretty upbeat—God’s life in him is glorified even in betrayal. And then he says, “Oh, by the way, I’ve [...]

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For May 8 (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. [...]

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For May 1 (Easter 3, Year C)

John 21:1-19 The earliest testimonies to Jesus' resurrection had difficulty describing what had happened. It defied everyday categories, and it was life-changing. For followers like Mary Magdalene, Peter and (much later) Paul, Jesus' living presence was both undeniable and indescribable. Both. The [...]

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For April 24 (Easter 2, Year C)

John 20:19-31 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 just [...]

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For April 17 (Easter Day, Year C)

(Readings online here) You know, what’s really disconcerting about Luke’s Gospel lesson  for today is that nobody actually saw the risen Jesus—at least not yet. Did you notice that? The women hear news that he’s risen from two messengers “in dazzling clothes.” [...]

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For April 16, Nighttime (Easter Vigil, All Years, for the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis)

Romans 6:3-11 This service almost preaches itself, so this homily will be brief. God be praised! Have you seen Jesus’ resurrection tonight? Have you? Yes, you have, whether you noticed it or not. That sounds awfully dogmatic, especially coming from me, a [...]

By |2022-03-23T08:36:16+00:00March 23rd, 2022|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 16, Nighttime (Easter Vigil, All Years, for the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis)

For April 15 (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 [...]

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