Longing and Loving

Advent 1Jer. 33:14-16; Ps. 25:1-9 • Dan. 12:1-3; Ps. 16 • 1 Thess. 3:9-13 • Luke 21:25-36To speak persuasively is to draw up worn words and tried images, a stockpile of poetry and story, and then to give these ... Read more...

Kingdom and Fire

Christ the KingFirst reading: 2 Sam. 23:1-7; Ps. 132:1-13, (14-19) Alternate: Dan. 7:9-10, 11-14; Ps. 93 • Rev. 1:4b-8 • John 18:33-37We will get to the godless, piercing them with an iron bar or the shaft of a... Read more...

One God

Pentecost 25First reading: 1 Sam. 1:4-20; 1 Sam. 2-1-10 Alternate: Dan. 12:1-3; Ps. 16 • Heb. 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25 • Mark 13:1-8On the day when Elkanah sacrificed to the Lord, he gave portions to his wives an... Read more...

Small Things and Everything

Pentecost 24First reading: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Ps. 127 Alternate: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Ps. 146 • Heb. 9:24-28 • Mark 12:38-44Wash yourself, anoint your body, put on your red dress and go down to the field where he... Read more...

Two Mandates

Pentecost 23All Saints Sunday observedFirst reading: Ruth 1:1-18; Ps. 146 Alternate: Deut. 6:1-9; Ps. 119:1-8 • Heb. 9:11-14 • Mark 12:28-34Today the preacher would do well to speak of love and love’s obed... Read more...

Jesus Responds to Job

Pentecost 22First reading: Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Ps. 34:1-8 (19-22) Alternate: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Ps. 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52In the end Job’s fortune is restored. He has sons and daughters, livestock and... Read more...

Into the Mystery

Pentecost 21First reading: Job 38:1-7 (34-41); Ps. 104:1-8, 25, 37b Alternate: Isa. 53:4-12; Ps. 91:9-16 • Heb. 5:1-10 • Mark 10:35-45We know the Son of suffering who had been sealed away for centuries. Th... Read more...

The Body

Pentecost 19First reading: Job 1:1; 2:1-10, Ps. 26 Alternate: Gen. 2:18-24, Ps. 8 • Heb. 1:1-4; 2:5-12 • Mark 10:2-16Who will deliver us from this body of death? Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ who delivers us... Read more...

Just Such a Time as This

Pentecost 18First reading: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Ps. 124 Alternate: Num. 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Ps. 19:7-14 • James 5:13-20 • Mark 9:38-50Divine election presupposes an inescapable responsibility. A story... Read more...