Lectionary Commentary

Journeying through the Revised Common Lectionary Readings, Commentary, and Discussion Questions for December 31, 2017 First Sunday after Christmas THE READINGS Note: This week’s readings are taken from the Lectionary for the Episcopal Church. First Reading: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 1:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for […]

A Shepherd

I’m still pinching myself about the events of last night. My friends and I were taking our usual shifts through the night, making sure that the sheep were secure in the sheepfold. Suddenly there was a brilliance in the night sky that none of us had ever seen before, and there was an angel standing […]

Gabriel

Imagine the angel Gabriel observing from on high the holy family in the stable with the newborn Jesus. The blessed nativity! Just as he’d revealed to Mary nine months earlier, and for which the way was made with the prior prophesy and birth of John to Elizabeth and Zechariah. Though Gabriel “stands in the presence […]

Lectionary Commentary

Journeying through the Revised Common Lectionary Readings, Commentary, and Discussion Questions for December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday in Advent Fra Angelico: The Annunciation   THE READINGS First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, […]

The Donkey

The bearer of the Christ-bearer. Seems a heavy job for such a simple animal, and yet the lowly donkey is a key player in our Nativity story.   The man came out in a bit of a rush that morning. He slipped the rope over my head and led me out of the pen, right […]