Faithfulness Will Spring Up from the Ground – Tom Mundahl reflects on God’s shalom trumping “royal theologies.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 10 – July 16, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 Many have read with excitement Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, issued in 2015. By the simple act of taking advantage of the magisterial (teaching) function of the papacy, Francis focused renewed attention on climate change as the most pressing issue of our time, which if unchecked will lead to unimaginable desolation. Bill McKibben, who has been working on thisRead More →

The Whole of Inter-Related Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the meals of Jesus overcoming our “reconciliation deficit disorder.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 10 – July 16, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 In our comment on the Gospel reading for last Sunday, we noted that Jesus sent his disciples out into the villages of Galilee with power over unclean spirits and instructions to receive their hosts’ hospitality, so as to create solidarity with them in a relationship that was to become a defining mark of a newRead More →

The Best Title for Jesus?  He is the Lord and Servant of Creation! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on who the Gospel of Matthew tells us Jesus is. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 21-27, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Who do you say I am? The Lord and Servant of Creation. “But who do you say that I am?” asks Jesus of his disciples in the Gospel for this Sunday after Pentecost. “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” his disciple Simon Peter answers. Our own response toRead More →

We need greater courage and imagination in standing up against those who would destroy Earth.  – Tom Mundahl reflects on Matthew 2:13-23. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundahl in 2013)  Readings for the First Sunday of Christmas, Year A (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23 My late father-in-law kept mules and an impressive Belgian mare named Dolly at his home in central Iowa. The few times that I spent Christmas there before pastoral duties occupied my Christmas celebrations, I noticed that on Christmas Eve he would spend more time than usual  in the barnRead More →