Torah                 1 Samuel 16:1–13 Writing              Psalm 90 Prophet               Joel 2:1a, 12–16 Gospel                Mark 1:14–15 From the earliest days, the season of Lent has begun with a reading of the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, as this story attempts to give a biblical context for the season of Lent. Yet the parallel…

Torah                       Joshua 24:14–18 Writing                    Romans 3:19–26 Prophet                     Isaiah 58 Gospel                      Luke 7:36–50 As the season begins, we transition from via positiva to via negativa. We begin a time of letting go, a season of making choices. We begin with Joshua’s challenge to the people of Israel and ask ourselves, “can we let go…

In many traditions, Lent has been a season of giving up – but giving up in terms of suffering, of taking on guilt, of contemplating our unworthiness, our sinfulness. If ever there was a season where fall/redemption theology shone, this was it. But what if Lent becomes a time in which we explore the via…

The Roman Catholic and Revised Common lectionaries tend toward Hebrew scripture, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel (although even that pattern has its exceptions). However, while any structure is of course arbitrary, the specific Old Testament/New Testament balance inherent in this pattern invite its rejection along with its deep-rootedness in the fall/redemption theology that belongs to the…

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