St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
Lectionary Notes

Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Psalm 139 John 1:43:51 The boy Samuel is destined to be a great prophet of God. But he must first learn how to identify when the word of the Lord speaks and how to respond. Hearing his name in the night, he does not recognize the Lord’s call and thinks he is…

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Readings and Reflections on the First Sunday After Christmas

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Galatians 3:23-25,4:4-7 John 1:1-18  Isaiah 61 celebrates with great joy the coming vindication/salvation of Zion/Jerusalem.  Vindication, because the people of Israel will be lifted from disgrace and exile and restored as a nation.  Salvation, because they will receive a “new name” as the beloved people of God who are no longer forsaken.  Originally this…

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Lessons and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Advent

Psalm 126 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Dear Friends,  This is the Sunday when many traditional churches light a “rose” colored candle on the Advent wreath, signifying the theme of joy that occurs in the readings.  Isaiah 61 proclaims the good news of deliverance to a people in exile, as the ashes of mourning are replaced…

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Lessons and Reflections for the Last Sunday of Pentecost – Christ the King Sunday

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 The prophet Ezekiel declares a day when God will seek out his scattered and wounded people and judge between the “fat sheep and lean sheep” – the “fat sheep” being those who use their wealth and power to exploit the weak and poor.  The Lord will accomplish this by raising up a new…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46   Chapter 19 of Leviticus describes how Israel is to live as a people who reflect and embody God’s own holiness. In these verses this looks like giving honor to family, to the Sabbath day of the Lord, and shunning false worship. Holiness requires justice in all relationships without favoritism, no…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

In the reading from Isaiah, we hear the words of God to Cyrus, a foreign ruler, who is nonetheless called “anointed” = called, chosen, and empowered by God for God’s own purposes.  The working of the Lord is not limited to those who believe in or worship him!  The Lord of all can work his plan…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 25:1-9 Psalm 23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 The prophet Isaiah describes a day when the Lord God will redeem his people and restore them to the fullness of life.  The great feast on the mountain (Jersusalem) is a vivid picture of this time when death and sorrow are no more.  Isaiah was not likely thinking…

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Lessons and reflections for the 18th Sunday After Pentecost, October 8, 2017

Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21: 33-46 The prophet Isaiah paints the scene of a vineyard that is lovingly established by its owner.  It is clear that the vineyard is the people of Israel who were set free from captivity and established by the hand of the Lord. But the “produce” of Israel has become cries and…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, October 1, 2017

Exodus 17:1-7 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 In the reading from Exodus, we hear the people of Israel contending with Moses over the lack of water. Their complaint to Moses is understood here to mean the same thing as doubting God’s guidance, since Moses is following God’s directions in leading Israel. Yet God demonstrates faithfulness and…

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Lessons and Reflections for Saint Matthew’s Day, Sunday September 24, 2017

Proverbs 3:1-6 Timothy 3:14-17 Matthew 9:9-13 Dear Friends, In place of the usual readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the saint for whom both our Parish and one of the Gospels is named – a former tax collector named Matthew. Tax collectors of Jesus’ day were despised for serving the Romans, and making themselves wealthy at the…

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