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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

· Isaiah 62:1-51  · Corinthians 12:1-11 · John 2:1-11 Dear Friends, Isaiah 62 uses the language of relationship and marriage to describe the rescue of Israel from exile.  The defeat and exile of the Jews was understood by their prophets to be the consequence of their infidelity to the (marriage) covenant with the Lord.   But the Lord refuses…

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Readings and Reflections for the First Sunday after the Epiphany

·  Isaiah 43:1-7 ·  Acts 8:14-17 ·  Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 ·  Psalm 29  Dear Friends, ·  Isaiah declares God’s love for his people with these beautiful and intimate words: “I have called you by name, you are mine…you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you…whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”   Spoken…

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Readings and Reflections for The Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 The Book of Isaiah describes the glorious restoration of the people of Israel as the prophet cries out, “Arise, shine, you light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”  Isaiah likely influenced the Gospel of Matthew (below) to describe a visit of the Wise Men to…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

 Micah 5:2-5a  Hebrews 10:5-10  Luke 1:39-45, (46-55) Dear Friends, The prophet Micah describes the coming of a new ruler from Bethlehem, who will restore Israel and “stand and feed his flock.” Luke tells the story of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth.  At the sound of Mary’s voice, the babe in the womb of Elizabeth stirs with joy,…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Advent

Zephaniah 3:14-20 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 Dear Friends, This Sunday of Advent combines the themes of anticipatory joy with the coming of the powerful Messiah who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire! The prophet Zephaniah calls on the people of Israel, who have lived in exile and defeat, to rejoice in anticipation of the coming of God.  The Lord will rescue…

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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday of Advent

Malachi 3:1-4 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6 Dear Friends, The prophet Malachi declares the coming of a messenger to prepare the way for God’s judgment.  The impact will be like fire and soap to cleanse and restore the priesthood of Israel to serve God rightly. Luke’s Gospel describes the ministry of John the Baptist, who prepares the people for the coming…

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Readings and Reflections for the First Sunday of Advent

Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 Dear Friends, The prophet Jeremiah looks forward to a time when the Lord will restore the defeated Northern Kingdom of Israel and reform the corrupt Southern Kingdom of Judah (Jerusalem).  This will take place through the person of a descendant of King David. Today’s reading from Luke’s Gospel contains the final part of Jesus’…

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Readings and Reflections for the Last Sunday After Pentecost

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Psalm 93 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37 Dear Friends, The verses from Daniel 7 give us an image of God, the Ancient of Days, sitting in judgment. “One like a son of man” is presented to God and is given rule over all the peoples of the earth.  Christians will see this as a reference…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 1 Kings 17:8-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Dear Friends, 1 Kings 17 tells the story of the prophet Elijah, who is sent by the Lord to the home of a poor widow.  Though it is a time of famine and drought and she is at the end of her meager food supplies, she is assured that…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sunday After All Saints Day

Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 24 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah looks forward to a time when God fulfills all promises and brings all people into the great banquet that is fullness of life.  Described as a feast of rich food and wine, this festive gathering means the end of all sorrow and death.  In…

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