Who Will Shepherd the Shepherdless? – Dennis Ormseth reflects on a way of life where vices have been transformed into economic virtues. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 17 – July 23, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 On hearing the readings for this Sunday after Pentecost, those gathered for worship might easily regard themselves also as “sheep without a shepherd,” for whom Jesus has compassion. Like the social world from which the villagers of Galilee came to Jesus in the wilderness, the world from which contemporary worshipers come toRead More →

The Whole of Inter-Related Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the meals of Jesus overcoming our “reconciliation deficit disorder.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 10 – July 16, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 In our comment on the Gospel reading for last Sunday, we noted that Jesus sent his disciples out into the villages of Galilee with power over unclean spirits and instructions to receive their hosts’ hospitality, so as to create solidarity with them in a relationship that was to become a defining mark of a newRead More →

Congregations who embrace care for creation will find joy in the initiatives they undertake. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on becoming faithful caretakers of the prophetic critique and vision. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 3 – July 9, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Ezekiel 2:1-5 Psalm 123 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 “Whatever the watershed in which they gather, the congregation is in a place fully open to the healing presence of God,” we wrote in our comment on the readings for last Sunday—“whenever inhabitants of a place reach out with anxiety-banishing faith to acknowledge the presence ofRead More →

The Full Sacredness of All the Earth – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus crossing and removing boundaries. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 26 – July 2, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Lamentations 3:22-33 or Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 Psalm 30 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 “When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea” (Mark 5:21). Not Zion, the mountain of the Lord, not Jerusalem, and emphatically not the temple in Jerusalem, but the Sea of Galilee is the center of theRead More →

How is the God of creation related to the storms of global climate change? – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the interconnected world of God’s creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 19-25, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Job 38:1-11 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 “Who then is this,” the disciples ask “with great awe, “that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41). The God of Israel, formerly worshiped exclusively in the Temple in Jerusalem, is now manifest in the person and story of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and risen from the dead. TheRead More →

A New and Restorative Ordering of Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the kingdom of God and the great ecology of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 12-18, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Ezekiel 17:22-24 Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17 Mark 4:26-34 The lectionary for the this Sunday after Pentecost includes two readings, the Gospel and the second lesson, the interpretation of which present clear choices for or against a mandate for care of creation. First, with respect to the interpretation of Jesus’ parables in Mark, and more generally as well, Ched MyersRead More →

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains of creation. There are four Sundays for each of the three years of the common lectionary, celebrated most often during the month of September. (For more information, visit www.letallcreationpraise.org and www.seasonofcreation.com). “Scripture changes how we view mountains!” By Robert Saler Lectionary Lessons Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 48:1-11 Romans 8:28-39 Mark 16:14-18 One theological theme that became common in the latter part of the 20th century was the notion that the church exists as a kind of “sacrament” for the world. As Avery Cardinal Dulles pointed outRead More →

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains of creation. There are four Sundays for each of the three years of the common lectionary, celebrated most often during the month of September. (For more information, visit www.letallcreationpraise.org and www.seasonofcreation.com). “Jesus and Francis showed deep tenderness towards creation and passionate advocacy against injustice.” By Robert Saler What do we picture when we picture Jesus in our minds? How does he look, act, and talk? I vividly recall one afternoon spent sitting in a seminary classroom, listening as the professor told us why she couldn’tRead More →

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains of creation. There are four Sundays for each of the three years of the common lectionary, celebrated most often during the month of September. (For more information, visit www.letallcreationpraise.org and www.seasonofcreation.com). We are most fully human when we care for creation in humility. By Robert Saler Lectionary Lessons Genesis 1:26-28 Psalm 8 Philippians 2:1-13 Mark 10:35-45 One of the suspicions that many people have concerning modern environmentalism(s) is that environmentalists must be “people-haters;” that is, that environmentalism is so intent on blaming humans for ecologicalRead More →

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains of creation. There are four Sundays for each of the three years of the common lectionary, celebrated most often during the month of September. (For more information, visit www.letallcreationpraise.org and www.seasonofcreation.com). Creation bears enduring testimony to God’s goodness By Rob Saler Genesis 1:1-25 Psalm 33:1-9 Romans 1:18-23 John 1:1-14 As we begin the Season of Creation cycle, one of the most important historical facts of which preachers can remind their congregations is that, in contrast to many cosmologies before and since the advent of theRead More →