We Await the Transformation of the Cosmos – Dennis Ormseth reflects on an orientation to God’s Creation in the season of Advent. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, Year B (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026) Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 I Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37Read More →

Faithfulness and Creativity – Robert Saler reflects on the example of Saint Joseph. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 The readings for the fourth Sunday in Advent continue theRead More →

Expanding the Imagination with Vision – Robert Saler reflects on what might stir congregations to creative action. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year A (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Isaiah 35:1-10 Psalm 146:5-10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 The Isaiah text for this week isRead More →

God’s Ways – Liv Larson Andrews reflects on peace, darkness, and time. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday in Advent, Year A (2022, 2025) Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:36-44 Isaiah 2:1-5 The tools for peace are the tools that tend the land. Though IRead More →

Granting Time, Rupturing Time – Robert Saler reflects on the real objects of our piety. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary   Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year A (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 8-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 In his deeply insightful book Capitalism and ReligionRead More →

Why bother with Advent? – Paul Santmire reflects on the start of Advent season. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday in Advent, Year A (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:36-44 The season of Advent in North America is all-too often swallowedRead More →

A Christian Stance of Hopefulness – Robert Saler reflects on improvisation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:36-44 At my seminary, I am currently facilitating an Augustine reading group. The groupRead More →

Space and Time Are Opened for the Renewal of Earth – Dennis Ormseth reflects on all things falling within reach of salvation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary By Dennis Ormseth Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46b-55 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45Read 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 →