The Way It Is – Tom Mundahl reflects on the gospel paradox. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024, 2027) Genesis 17:1-7, 15-15 Psalm 22:23-31 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 While this week’s readings vigorously underline God’s faithful keeping of covenantRead More →

Root from Dry Ground – Kiara Jorgenson reflects on the theme of water during Holy Week. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Years A, B, and C  Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10], 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25Read More →

Behold – Tom Mundahl reflects on recovering a sense of the mysterium tremendum. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C (2018, 2021, 2024) Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46b-55 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 As we approach the last Sunday in Advent and lean toward the Festival ofRead More →

What Then Shall We Do? – Tom Mundahl reflects on bearing fruit. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year C (2018, 2021, 2024) Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 By tradition, the Third Sunday in Advent has been called Gaudete Sunday, a dayRead More →

Stay Together, Encourage One Another, and Actually Act – Tom Mundahl reflects on the connection between preparing the way and changing our ways. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year C (2018, 2021, 2024) Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6clima Last night I heard aRead More →

God Will Dwell with Them – Tom Mundahl reflects on committing to a place, its people, and its very humus. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, Year C (2018, 2021, 2024) Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 The season of Advent quietly opensRead More →

Diversity and Unity, Uniqueness and Sameness – Jeremiah Sassaman reflects on loving all and being “with” all humanity and creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday November 6-12, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) 1 Kings 17:8-16 Psalm 146 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Standing and gazing out over the crowd thisRead More →

Creation Is Our Neighborhood – Jeremiah Sassaman reflects on loving our neighbors. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 30 – November 5, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Psalm 119:1-8 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall loveRead More →

Restoring Right Relationship – Nick Utphall reflects on breaking the perpetual cycle of scapegoats and violence. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday October 16-22, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Isaiah 53:4-12 Psalm 91:9-16 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 From top to bottom this week, the lectionary readings seem ready-made for sacrificial substitutionary atonement.Read More →

Where Most of Us Stand – Nick Utphall reflects on finding our place in the struggle to care for the world’s family. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday October 9-15, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Psalm 90:12-17 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 I have a “green letter” edition of theRead More →