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…

Torah                 1 Samuel 17:(12–20), 21–40, (41–49) Writing              Psalm 102  Prophet              Amos 7:10–15  Gospel                Luke 4:10–13 The key here is to focus on the power of God to challenge our own sense of power, and thus one can use the longer or the shorter story from 1 Samuel. The reality is that there…

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…

This video was created by Ralph Milton January 15, 2017.    

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