Lectionary Commentary

Christmas Day

December 25, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 52.7-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 98
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 1.1-4
Reading 4: 
John 1.1-14
By David J. Lull

“What God has done and is doing in the world for all peoples” is the theme for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

 

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 9:2-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 96
Reading 3: 
Titus 2:11-14
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:1-20
By David J. Lull

“What God has done and is doing in the world for all peoples” is the theme for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

 

4th Sunday of Advent

December 21, 2014
Reading 1: 
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Reading 3: 
Romans 16:25-27
Reading 4: 
Luke 1:26-38, 46-55
By Bruce G. Epperly

This lectionary commentary was first published on December 21, 2008.

 

3rd Sunday of Advent

December 14, 2014
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Reading 2: 
Psalm 126
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Reading 4: 
John 1:6-8, 19-28
By Bruce G. Epperly

This Lectionary Commentary was first published on December 14, 2008.

 

2nd Sunday of Advent

December 7, 2014
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 40:1-11
Reading 2: 
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Reading 3: 
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Reading 4: 
Mark 1:1-8
By Bruce G. Epperly

This Lectionary Commentary was first published on December 7, 2008.

 

1st Sunday of Advent

November 30, 2014
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 64:1-9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Reading 3: 
I Corinthians 1:3-9
Reading 4: 
Mark 13:24-37
By Bruce G. Epperly

This lectionary commentary was first published on November 23, 2008.

 

Proper 29

November 23, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Reading 2: 
Psalm 100
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 1:15-23
Reading 4: 
Matthew 25:31-46
Alt Reading 1: 
Psalm 95:1-7a
By David Grant Smith

The Day

Proper 28

November 16, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Judges 4:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 123
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Reading 4: 
Matthew 25:14-30
By David Grant Smith

Judges 4:1-7

Proper 27

November 9, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Reading 2: 
Psalm 78:1-7
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Reading 4: 
Matthew 25:1-13
By David Grant Smith

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

Proper 26

November 2, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Joshua 3:7-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Reading 4: 
Matthew 23:1-12
By David Grant Smith

Joshua 3:7-17

All Saints' Day

November 2, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Revelation 7:9-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Reading 3: 
1 John 3:1-3
Reading 4: 
Matthew 5:1-12
By David Grant Smith

All Saints' Day

 


Revelation 7:9-17

Proper 25

October 26, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Reading 2: 
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Reading 4: 
Matthew 22:34-46
By Ignacio Castuera

Holiness and finitude are the twin topics for this collection of texts. Even the great first Prophet, Moses, dies without accomplishing all he wished to do. He cannot enter the Promised Land. Like Martin Luther King centuries later he can only say I see it from afar. Reinhold Niebuhr left us with a great statement about finitude and, in some ways, about holiness: Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Proper 24

October 19, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 33:12-23
Reading 2: 
Psalm 99
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Reading 4: 
Matthew 22:15-22
By Ignacio Castuera

The self-exclusion of idolatry continues to be contrasted with the true worship of the One who loves all in the texts for our Sunday. In addition a kind of “explanation” for the tendencies toward idolatry is given in the Exodus passage. Even a prophet like Moses has doubts and wants to “see.” Not content with hearing the voice of God now he wants to see the face of God.

Proper 23

October 12, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 32:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Reading 3: 
Philippians 4:1-9
Reading 4: 
Matthew 22:1-14
By Ignacio Castuera

October 12 is a most important day to remember. Preachers should not ignore the fullness of the meaning of this day for world history. Above all, pastors must not forget the pain of the conquered. In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue AND Spain expelled Muslim and Jew. 1492 brought to an end almost eight centuries of Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula and the universal dimensions of Andalusian Islam were shattered by the tribalistic perspectives of medieval Christianity.

Proper 22

October 5, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Reading 2: 
Psalm 19
Reading 3: 
Philippians 3:4b-14
Reading 4: 
Matthew 21:33-46
By Ignacio Castuera

I strongly suggest checking back to 2002, when Marjorie Suchocki wrote on these texts, to 2005 for Dr. Cobb’s specific take, to 2008 to see what Episcopal Priest Paul Nancarrow shared and to 2011 when Rick Marshall introduces Process thought in a focused way.* These scholars and preachers did a very good job and should inspire preachers for the task ahead this October.

Proper 21

September 28, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 17.1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 78.1-4, 12-16
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2.1-13
Reading 4: 
Matthew 21.23-32
By David J. Lull

Unless otherwise noted, biblical quotations are from the NRSV.
 

Today’s readings have a common theme: obedience, fidelity, faithfulness to God. 

Exodus 17.1-7

Proper 20

September 21, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 16.2-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 105.1-6, 37-45
Reading 3: 
Philippians 1.21-30
Reading 4: 
Matthew 20.1-16
By David J. Lull

Unless otherwise noted, the biblical quotations are from the NRSV.
 

Exodus 16.2-15 (and Psalm 105.1-6, 37-45)

See Walter Brueggemann, “Exodus,” in The New Interpreter’s Bible, edited by Leander E. Keck (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994), vol. 1:812-16.

Proper 19

September 14, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 14.19-31
Reading 2: 
Psalm 114
Reading 3: 
Romans 14.1-12
Reading 4: 
Matthew 18.21-35
By David J. Lull

Unless otherwise noted, the biblical quotations are from the NRSV.

 

Exodus 14.19-31 and Psalm 114

Proper 18

September 7, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 12.1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 149
Reading 3: 
Romans 13.8-14
Reading 4: 
Matthew 18.15-20
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 119.33-40
Alt Reading 1: 
Ezekiel 33.7-11
By David J. Lull

Unless otherwise noted, the biblical quotations are from the NRSV.

 

In your preparation for preaching on today’s readings, you might consider their different approaches and solutions to sin.

  • The Exodus reading and today’s psalm focus on God’s liberation of those who have been sinned against, and God’s fierce judgment against those who sin against others that leaves no room for repentance.

Proper 17

August 31, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 3:1-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Reading 3: 
Romans 12:9-21
Reading 4: 
Matthew 16:21-28
By Russell Pregeant

The gospel lesson expresses the ultimate paradox that lies at the heart of the New Testament message: we must lose our lives in order to find them. This paradox is essential to Christian faith, but it must be treated with the utmost care; for it can be, and too often is, interpreted in a destructive way. Directed to persons with control over their own destinies, it is a legitimate call to self-sacrifice on behalf of others and the common good.

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