flesh

Proper 10

July 13, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 25:19-34
Reading 2: 
Psalm 119:105-112
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:1-11
Reading 4: 
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 55:10-13
By Marti J. Steussy

Both of today’s New Testament lections invite us to ponder the mysterious interaction of divine power and human choice.  Romans has been developing the theme of life/death “force fields” (see commentaries for recent weeks), often using the term sarkos (NRSV “flesh”) for the sin/decay field. This terminology reflects the Greek sound byte soma sema, “the body is a tomb.” We should not conclude that human bodies are detestable.

Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 10, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Joshua 5:9-12
Reading 2: 
Psalm 32
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Reading 4: 
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Joshua 5:9-12

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