“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Ps 19:14). On this third Sunday in Lent, as we continue to journey towards Jerusalem and the cross, we are in the territory of frameworks for living out our faith. This is the case whether it is the Ten Commandments shared with God’s people at Sinai (Exodus 20:1-17); the
The first Sunday in Lent recalls Jesus’ baptism and subsequent testing in the wilderness. Today’s Psalm underscores that the season of Lent is a sustained process in relationship with God. The struggle against enemies is bound up with hearing and learning the teachings of the Lord over time. The language in today’s psalm recalls the time that Israel spent in the wilderness after their
Today is often called Transfiguration Sunday, primarily because the readings all echo a similar theme of being changed, or transfigured. Webster’s defines transfigure, which it notes is a distinctly British word, as “to give a new and typically exalted or spiritual appearance to : transform outwardly and usually for the better.” Within the church, we are at the cusp of a change in season.
I rarely preach on our lectionary texts from the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, primarily because I feel that we can connect somewhat more with the Gospel writers than the prophets of old… but today’s text from Isaiah really speaks to me. As Jack proclaimed the first reading today, most of us probably heard the words of “On Eagle’s Wings,” written by Michael Joncas, and the haunting
One of the many tasks and opportunities before the community who are becoming the people of God is discernment. As the community meets together for worship and fellowship and for learning, they are also listening for the call of God who will be working within certain individuals to cultivate gifts and inclinations that will lead them into certain roles within the life of the church. As Paul wrote,