Gospel                Luke 19:28–40 (Liturgy of the Palms) Gospel                Luke 22:14 – 23:56 (Liturgy of the Passion) There are always difficulties using readings from the Hebrew scriptures during Holy Week, given the tragic history of anti–Judaism and anti–Semitism in the history of the Christian church, as well as the sensitivity with which one must approach…

Torah                       2 Samuel 12:15b–23 Writing                    Psalm 137 Prophet                     Amos 8:1–12 Gospel                      Luke 8:49–56 There are numerous stories of David that are, by necessity, not able to be included in this Lenten journey through the via negativa. We conclude the story of David with the story of the death of David and Bathsheba’s child….

Torah                 2 Samuel 11:1–27 (12:1–7a) Writing              Psalm 51 Prophet               Amos 5:10–15 Gospel                Luke 23:26–31 The introduction to Psalm 51 says that David wrote it after the prophet Nathan confronted him with the truth of his affair with Bathsheba and its aftermath, and certainly the texts belong together. This is such a multi-faceted…

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…

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