Lectionary

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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Son of Man

Ezekiel 33:7-11 Psalm 119:33-40 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20   The reading in Ezekiel begins with, Son of Man. That title occurs 94 times in Ezekiel, once in Psalms, and twice in Daniel. We should recognize it as Jesus’ favorite name for himself, often used in the Gospels. It is also helpful to know that several … Continue reading Son of Man

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Do Not Be Overcome by Evil

Jeremiah 15:15-21 Psalm 26:1-8 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28   Human cultures have different ways of dealing with honor, shame, weakness, strength, and many other aberrations. In WWII, Americans captured by the Japanese were treated (or mistreated) horribly because of the Japanese belief that no soldier should ever give up. They considered those who surrendered to … Continue reading Do Not Be Overcome by Evil

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The Bedrock

Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20   This passage in Matthew is one of the most contested passages in the New Testament. One issue surrounds Peter and the other deals with bind and loose. The Roman Catholic contention is that Jesus gave Peter the rank of Leader of the Church. Most others argue … Continue reading The Bedrock

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