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Lectionary Reflection: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

By Jim Simpson

Friday, June 22

1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16; Psalm 133; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 In today’s readings, a jealous King Saul attempts to murder his successor, David, in a gruesome way. Jesus appears to be oblivious to a...

Lectionary Reflection – The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

By Benjamin Miralles

Friday, June 15

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17; Mark 4:26-34 As if by divine coincidence, our set of readings this Sunday, which matches our current election cycle, examines this complicated notion of God’s Kingdom...

Lectionary Reflection: The Second Sunday after Pentecost

By Carol James

Friday, June 1

1 Samuel 3:1-10; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6 It’s hard, walking around through the world, not to develop some expectations about how things work. An understanding of cause and effect will make many...

Lectionary Reflection – The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

By Carol James

Friday, May 25

Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 Our readings today feature folks who aren’t quite sure why they’re there.  The narrator of Isaiah and Jesus’s night visitor Nicodemus are reluctant to come forward and declare themselves,...

Lectionary Reflection – The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

By Carol James

Monday, May 21

Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; Psalm 104:25-35, 37 Paraclete, the Greek word that our Gospel reading today translates as advocate, has a long theological history and many other synonyms: comforter, counselor, helper.  Its...

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