For December 19 (Advent 4, Year C)

Luke 1:46-55 (Canticle 15 Book of Common Prayer, Magnificat, also below) “This song of Mary’s is the oldest Advent hymn. It is the most passionate, most vehement, one might almost say, most revolutionary Advent hymn ever sung. It is not the gentle, [...]

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For December 12 (Advent 3, Year C)

Philippians 4:4-7 The third Sunday in Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday.” “Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and the service for this day traditionally began with singing a chant based on this passage from Paul’s letter to the Philippians: Gaudete in Domino [...]

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For December 5 (Advent 2, Year C)

Luke 3:1-6 Advent, we’ve said, is a season of waiting. It’s also partly a season of make-believe. We act as if we’re still waiting for Jesus to show up, two thousand years after he actually did. But this isn’t just make-believe. Yes, [...]

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For November 28 (Advent 1, Year C)

Jeremiah 33:14-16 Our sponsoring Lutheran and Episcopal churches follow the traditional calendar of the church year. Unlike the calendar on your computer or mobile device, the church calendar begins with the first Sunday in Advent. This year, that’s November 28. One thing [...]

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For November 21 (Proper 29, Year B)

John 18:33-37 In this week’s Gospel reading, Pilate mockingly asks Jesus, “Are you King of the Jews?” And in so many words Jesus answers, “Not the way you think of kings. If I were an ordinary king you’d see plenty of violence. [...]

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For November 14 (Proper 28, Year B)

Mark 13:1-8 This is what I’m hearing these days when I read this passage: Nothing lasts, no matter how impressive. Jesus’ followers are impressed by the Temple in Jerusalem. They’ve probably never seen any other building as massive or as solidly built. [...]

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For November 7 (Proper 27, Year B)

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Back in 1960, when I was about six or seven, Mom took my brother and me to see a movie called “The Story of Ruth.” It was a pretty typical, biblical-epic sort of movie that Hollywood liked to turn [...]

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For October 31 (Proper 26, Year B)

Mark 12:28-34 This week’s reading offers a much needed opportunity to focus on the faithfulness that Christians and Jews have always shared in common, something that Christians, in particular, seem to have forgotten all too frequently.* Here’s what we Christians need especially [...]

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For October 24 (Proper 25, Year B)

Mark 10:46-52 What do the beggar Bartimaeus and Senator Elizabeth Warren have in common? Try this: “Many sternly ordered [Bartimaeus] to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly.” “[Senator Warren] was warned … Nevertheless, she persisted.” They both persisted. They [...]

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