Expend your life for Jesus and the gospel of new creation, and you will save it. – Tom Mundahl reflects on the gospel paradox. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) 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 covenant promises made to Abraham and Sarah, including the strong affirmation in our psalm that this promise is for all (Psalm 22:27), our Gospel lesson challenges us to focus both on what threatens and on what sustains care for creation. TheRead More →

Survival Is Insufficient – Tom Mundahl reflects on the Trinitarian model of “making room.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for The Holy Trinity, Year A (2020, 2023) Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 This week the church begins the season known as Ordinary Time.  But there is little ordinary about what we have experienced in 2020. The outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic has not only ravaged much of the world; it has prompted questions about the effectiveness of medical systems, distributive justice, and the resilience of  economies grasping for endless growth. What’s more, at a timeRead More →

Improvisation — A Christian Stance of Hopefulness:  Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Robert Saler in 2013) Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) 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 group is taking the entire year to work our way through his magnum opus The City of God, purely for fun and edification. This 5th century text features Augustine engaging polemically with the educated pagans of his day, those who blamed Christians forRead More →