liberation

Proper 16

August 24, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 1:8-2:10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 124
Reading 3: 
Romans 12:1-8
Reading 4: 
Matthew 16:13-20
By Russell Pregeant

The gospel lesson is a focal point for two key Matthean themes, one of which is the identity of Jesus. The reader, of course, knows who Jesus is from the beginning. In chapter 1, the narrator identifies him as “the Messiah, son of David, and son of Abraham” (1:1), whose mission is to “save the people from their sins.” (1:21) Actual divine sonship, however, is disclosed in steps.

Seventh Sunday of Easter

June 1, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Acts 1:6-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Reading 3: 
I Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
Reading 4: 
John 17:1-11
By Bruce Epperly

This Sunday, often celebrated as Ascension Sunday, invites us to be both heavenly minded and earthly good. The Acts passage sets the tone. Jesus promises the disciples that they will receive the power of the Spirit, and then departs into the heavens. Jesus’ ascension is a puzzling event that is more problematic than helpful, if we take it literally. Jesus is no longer with us, and we have to explain his absence.

Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 17, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 43:16-21
Reading 2: 
Psalm 126
Reading 3: 
Philippians 3:4b-14
Reading 4: 
John 12:1-8
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Isaiah 43:16-21

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