Unless you also repent

28 February 2016
Third Sunday in Lent
Lent 3C (RCL)
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 63:1-8
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9

In the RCL, we read the great stories of God’s redemption of God’s people in the Old Testament in course (sort of). Last week, we heard of the covenant which God made with Abram, so that Abram might know his progeny would inherit the land. Now, we skip over the whole story of Joseph, and find Moses exiled from Egypt, keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro in the wilderness. He encounters the burning bush that is not consumed, and receives his vocation from God. Continue reading “Unless you also repent”

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

21 February 2016
Second Sunday in Lent
Lent 2C (RCL)
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm 27
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35

This Sunday’s lectionary includes a couple of puzzling readings. The ritual portrayed in the Genesis reading has no real analog anywhere else in the Old Testament, and the reading from Luke’s Gospel raises questions about Jesus’ relationship to the Pharisees, and Jerusalem’s relationship to prophets. Continue reading “Jerusalem, Jerusalem”