Wisdom from Gardening – Tom Mundahl reflects on the seed that dies to bear fruit. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 Wisdom and witness from the garden. The time for studying seed catalogues in the Midwest is nearly over. Now is decision time. What will we grow in our limited space? Even more difficult is choosing seeds. Which varieties of carrots or squash should we try this year? Do we experiment with new, hybrid varieties, or purchase heirloom seeds? Which will work bestRead More →

Ending Our Exile from Creation – Tom Mundahl reflects on owning the responsibilities of our priesthood. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 Finally we can begin to see our garden beds. Even though we have been able to celebrate a Minnesota winter in all of its beauty and challenge, after four months of snow we cannot help but experience a sense of exile from the rich smell of warming humus in garden beds and the ever-surprising growth of seeds into food and flowers.Read More →

A Community to Serve the Whole Earth – Tom Mundahl reflects on support, endurance, and hope for the challenges we face. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 12-18, Year A (2020, 2023) Exodus 19:2-8a Psalm 100 Romans 5:1-8 Matthew 9:35-10:8 The arrival of the novel coronavirus has shaken our culture to the foundations. In a matter of a few months, trust in endless economic expansion and progress has all but disappeared. The vaunted American medical system — the “best in the world” — has been unmasked as a disorganized boutique  set of arrangements designed to treat illness among theRead More →

The Way of Ecojustice in a Dangerous Time – Tom Mundahl reflects on our place in the world. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Thomas Mundal in 2017) Readings for the First Sunday in Lent, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7Psalm 32Romans 5:12-19Matthew 4:1-11 During times of crisis God’s people have not only returned to their foundational stories, but have also designated times of renewal centering on prayer and reflection. While Lent is certainly a period for baptismal preparation and rumination about what it means to live as a resurrection community, it also is properly a time of repentanceRead More →