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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday in Lent

 Exodus 3:1-15   1 Corinthians 10:1-13  Luke 13:1-9  Dear Friends, In Exodus 3, Moses “turns aside” to see the burning bush, and comes into the presence of the Holy God.  In this encounter God reveals his awareness of Israel’s suffering, and sends Moses to set them free.  Faced with his inadequacy for this intimidating task, Moses is…

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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday in Lent

 Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 Philippians 3:17-4:1  Luke 13:31-35 Dear Friends, In Genesis 15, The Lord comes to Abram in a vision and offers encouragement: “Do not be afraid…I am your shield…your reward will be very great.” But Abram laments to the Lord that he continues childless in spite of God’s promises to him.  In response, he is shown…

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Readings and Reflections for the First Sunday of Lent

  Deuteronomy 26:1-11   Romans 10:8b-13   Luke 4:1-13   Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16   Dear Friends, Deuteronomy 26 describes a liturgy in which the worshiper presents the first fruits of the harvest in the promised land, reciting the story of Israel’s historic travels and escape from Egypt. Today this is observed among Jewish people as part of the feast of weeks or…

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Readings and Reflections for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

  ·  Exodus 34:29-35 ·  2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 ·  Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a] Dear Friends, In Exodus, Moses returns from the encounter with God on the holy mountain, carrying the ten commandments.  The people are afraid of Moses because his face shines with the glory of God. He learns to place a veil over his face when he speaks with the…

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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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