Lectionary

In Perfect Faithfulness

Isaiah 25:1-9 Psalm 23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14   Psalm 23 has a long, rich history in the Christian tradition. Arnobius the Younger wrote this in the Fifth Century: We have in the previous psalm the tribulation of the passion. In this one let us receive the joy of the resurrection. ACCS Others have added that … Continue reading In Perfect Faithfulness

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The Vineyard

Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:7-14 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46   As today’s readings exhibit, grape vines and grape vineyards are common images in the Bible representing the descendants of Abraham, the House of Israel. The Temple in Jesus’ day included a vine made of gold that grew around the entrance to the Holy Place. It was … Continue reading The Vineyard

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Selfish or Selfless?

Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32 Psalm 25:1-8 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32   Appearing in the September 12, 2017, issue of Fast Company, an online magazine, was an article called Brené Brown: America’s Crisis of Disconnection Runs Deeper Than Politics. The article is based on Brown’s book: Braving the Wilderness. The general concept of the article is that Americans … Continue reading Selfish or Selfless?

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I Wish I Were Dead

Jonah 3:10-4:11 Psalm 145:1-8 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16   Jonah is a prophet we can identify with. Elijah hardly seems like a man, living in a cave and being fed by birds. Moses used a stick to bring water from a rock. Even John could have been better dressed if he had gone to a … Continue reading I Wish I Were Dead

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The Right Hand of Pharaoh

Genesis 50:15-21 Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35   The last chapter of Genesis contains many lessons for us. It opens just after the death of Jacob, called Israel. In verse 1, we read, At this Joseph threw himself on his father’s face, covering it with tears and kisses. NJB There is no doubt of … Continue reading The Right Hand of Pharaoh

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