Torah                       1 Samuel 18:1–9

Writing                    2 Samuel 1:17–27

Prophet                     Amos 2:10–12

 Gospel                      Mark 3:(20–30), 31–35

This week both the Torah and writing passages come from the David saga. We read of the love between David and Jonathan, and of the source of Saul’s jealousy of David, and then read of the lament and the hymn that David sings for both of them – one his friend (and possibly his lover), the other his former mentor and later sworn enemy.

This example of whom we dare to love, and mourn, is reinforced in Jesus’ pronouncement about his true family in Mark 3:31–35. The earlier passage about Jesus being confronted on the source of his power, and his explanation regarding same, can be included or not, depending on the theme you wish to emphasize.

The short reading from Amos, almost in the form of lament, forms what Abraham Heschel described as “the utterance of a Redeemer who is pained by the misdeeds, the thanklessness of those whom He has redeemed.”[1] All in all, a mood of pain and sadness hovers over this Lenten day. A light is relentlessly shined into our places of recognition in these stories.


[1] Heschel, The Prophets, p. 39.

copyright © 2006, 2009 Donald Schmidt “Taken from Emerging Word: a Creational Spirituality Lectionary by Donald Schmidt. Copies are available from him.”

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