All Creation Is Raised Up – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Great Economy of the Good Shepherd. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter April 25, 2021 Year B (2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 A none-too-wise seminarian once remarked that he didn’t think he would use the metaphor of the shepherd in his work with confirmands, in as much as in his experience few of them knew what a shepherd did, and if they happened to know, they wouldn’t appreciate being compared to sheep who needed herding. Sheep were for themRead More →

Let’s have a Lenten fast from our consumer economy! – Tom Mundahl reflects on the continuation and completion of the Sabbath. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Thirds Sunday of Lent, Year B (1012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 As we continue our pilgrimage through the forty days of Lent, we are reminded of Israel’s forty year trek to the land of promise. This week, we will focus on the gift of “the ten words,” the Ten Commandments, on the way to that new land. But we will also see how these wordsRead More →

The kingdom calls for down-to-earth benefits for the entire community. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Readings for Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Isaiah 66:10–14 Psalm 66:1–9 (4) Galatians 6:[1–6] 7–16 Luke 10:1–11, 16–20 This Sunday’s scriptures provide a basis for extending our reflections from the previous Sunday on the concept of the Kingdom of God as an ecologically sustainable Great Economy. Wendell Berry’s translation of the Kingdom as Great Economy, we saw, envisions a realm inclusive of all things, in which everything is in principle “joined both to it and to everything else that is in it,” an orderRead More →

Love the neighborhood as yourself! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) 1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21 Psalm 16 (8) Galatians 5:1, 13–25 Luke 9:51–62 The learnings for care of creation to be drawn from this Sunday’s readings hinge on an interpretation of the concept of the “kingdom of God” from the Gospel and second reading. Would-be followers of Jesus, we are told, should “let the dead bury their own dead” and “go and proclaim the kingdom of God. . . . No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks backRead More →