Category: Lectionary Reflections

November – Adopting a sense of humility

November 5, 2017 Pentecost 22 Jos 3:7-17 / Ps 107:1-7, 33-37 1 / Thes 2:9-13 / Mt 23:1-12 This is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost. Can you remember back to Pentecost...

October – Connecting to God’s love and grace

October 1 Exodus 17:1-7 / Psalms 78:1-4, 12-16 / Philippians :1-13 / Matthew 21:23-32 Two themes arise in the New Testament readings this week. In Philippians 2:12, Paul...

September: Living out the gospel, in all areas of life

September 3, Romans 12:9-21 This section of Romans focuses on a key set of values which, it is proposed, should form the centre of Christian action: love (12:9, 10),...

August: Jesus is Lord

August 6, Romans 9:1-5 This week’s passage is about privilege. Paul lists the set of privileges that his own people, the Jews, have enjoyed: adopted by God, in...

July: Ministering on the margins

2 July, Matthew 10:40-42 When we receive someone, we identify ourselves with them. This is a critical move — especially when we are identifying with a...

June: The Holy Spirit among us

4 June Pentecost, Acts 2:1-21 This story of a group of peasants inexplicably enabled to tell forth the great works of God in all manner of languages is both remarkable...

May: Living the resurrection life

Fourth Sunday of Easter, 7 May John 10:1-10 In chapter nine, Jesus heals a blind man, and then the Pharisees hold a fierce interrogation to deny the event or to portray...

April: Journey to the Cross

As we journey to the cross through Lent the gospel writers articulate how Jesus helped people apply their faith to the world they lived in. This was in preparation for...

Taking up our cross in Lent

Ash Wednesday 1 March: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Lent has begun. Traditionally a time of...

What does it mean to be salt and light

5 February Fifth Sunday After Epiphany, Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12), Psalm 112:1-9 (10), 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16), Matthew 5:13-20 “You are the salt of the Earth. You...