The Spirit is the Giver and Sustainer of Life, All of Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the story of Nicodemus. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2014) Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Genesis 12:1-4aPsalm 121Romans 4:1-5, 13-17John 3:1-17 Our first reading for the Second Sunday in Lent reminds us that Jesus’ Lenten journey goes through the land and amongst the people that God promised to Abraham and Sarah. God called Abram out of his own country, family, and house with a promise to provide not only progeny and newRead More →

All Creation Looks Forward to God’s Glory  – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the mountain experiences of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2017) Readings for Transfiguration of Our Lord, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 2 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9 Mountains matter.  Beginning with the readings for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, in which the mountains were called on by the prophet Micah to witness God’s controversy with God’s people, we have sought and found in the sayings of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount material grounding for an Earth-honoring faith. Now withRead More →

Choosing Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Moses’ Farewell Speech and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2017) Readings for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 119:1-8 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37 As we continue to mine the readings of these Sundays of Epiphany for foundations of an “Earth-honoring faith,” the first reading is obviously most relevant. The reading from Deuteronomy is the end of Moses’ farewell speech to the people he led out of Egypt, to Mount Sinai and through the wilderness, to the banksRead More →

Meeting  the “Creational Need” of Nature – Dennis Ormseth reflects on salt and light in this Sunday’s readings. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2017) Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12] Psalm 112:1-9 [10] 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16] Matthew 5:13-20 As the reading of the Sermon on the Mount continues for another eight verses this Sunday, we extend our exploration from last week’s comment, to see whether Jesus’ teaching provides further support for an “Earth-honoring faith” (See that comment for a statement of what such faith requires, following LarryRead More →

Empowered in God’s love for the creation. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Micah 6 and the beatitudes of Matthew 5. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2017) Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A ( 2017, 2020, 2023) Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12 “Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people and he will contend with Israel” (Micah 6:2).   The prophet’s evocation of mountains and “enduring foundations of the earth” in the opening verses of ourRead More →