Giving, Receiving, and Giving Again – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the fullness of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Christmas, All Years  Jeremiah 31:7-14 or Sirach 24:1-2 Psalm 147:12-20 or Wisdom 10:15-21 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:[1-9] 10-18 With the texts for the Second Sunday of Christmas, the bells of Christmas ring out green themes yet one more time. The salvation for which we praise God here at the end of the Christmas season is decidedly ‘down to earth.” The repetition of the reading of the prologue to John’s Gospel from Christmas Day underscores the deeply incarnational characterRead More →

A Reconfigured Parable – Dennis Ormseth reflects on a parable’s proposal of the unlimited economy of grace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 11-17, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Genesis 50:15-21 Psalm 103:[1-7]8-13 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 With a compelling primary theme of forgiveness, the readings for this Sunday after Pentecost seemingly offer little of direct relevance to our concern with care of creation. To be sure, the attention given to the church community’s ethos in the Gospel and the second lesson can prove salutary for any effort that requires corporate discipline and generosity of spirit. The emphasisRead More →