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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Genesis 45:3-11, 15 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50 Luke 6:27-38 Dear Friends,   The reading from Genesis contains the dramatic moment when Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his own brothers, is reunited with them perhaps decades later in the land of Egypt.  He has risen to power and they are at Joseph’s mercy, but his attitude is…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Jeremiah 17:5-10 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Luke 6:17-26 Psalm 1 Dear Friends,   Jeremiah echoes the Old Testament Wisdom tradition of “Blessing and Curse.”  Those who trust in themselves alone have removed themselves from the sustaining grace of God, who blesses those who trust in the Lord. The prophet also notes the difficultly we human beings have…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13] 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 The call of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 6 takes place in response to a vision in which Isaiah sees the throne of God.  The contrast between the holiness and glory of the divine presence and his own not so holy and glorious existence overwhelms him.  He feels lost,…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Jeremiah 1:4-10 1 Corinthians 13:1-13  Luke 4:21-30  Psalm 71:1-6 Dear Friends, Jeremiah resists the call of God upon him, saying, “I am only a boy…I don’t know how to speak.”  But the Lord who has always known him has consecrated and appointed him, and promises to be with Jeremiah in this calling. Luke’s Gospel tells the story…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

  Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 ·  1 Corinthians 12:12-31a ·  Luke 4:14-21 · Dear Friends, · The Book of Nehemiah celebrates the rediscovery of the the law given by Moses to Israel.  As the people of Israel return from physical captivity in Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem, a renewed understanding of their covenant with God is given them by Ezra to serve as the…

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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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