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 →

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C:  Amy Carr reflects on Luke 14:25-33 and Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Readings for September 4-10, Series C (2019, 2022) Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 1 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Sitting down to think about the cost of a venture before beginning it—to see if one can afford the cost—isn’t that what those of us who treasure environmentally-minded use of land wish we would do with more foresight? But the social cost of environmental activism when it is counter-cultural—not merely pragmatic—is also something the gospel reading provokes us to consider. The stakes are even higher when activists are resisting monied andRead More →

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary – Year C: Amy Carr reflects on Luke 14:7-14 and Hebrews 13 Readings for August 28 – September 3,  Series C (2019, 2022) Proverbs 25:6-7 [or Sirach 10:12-18, alternate] Psalm 112 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 In today’s gospel reading, Jesus uses the occasion of a high-status dinner party to provoke reflection about humility and about what company we value. It is an interesting story to ponder in a non-anthropocentric way, by extending our sense of company to include a wide range of creaturely life. Yet I wonder if the many-sidedness of Jesus’ message challenges us also toRead More →