Inauguration by Water – The Baptism of Jesus – Leah Schade reflects on Matthew 3:13-17 and Isaiah 42:1-9. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13), First Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (2017, 2020, 2023, 2026) Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17Read More →

We need wisdom to sustain us as we live with the rest of Earth community. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Epiphany of Our Lord. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Epiphany of Our Lord, Years A, B, and C Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 With thisRead More →

The “great gathering” of Earth community encompasses the material world of God’s good creation. – Tom Mundahl reflects on our use of the gifts of God’s creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundahl in 2014) Readings for the Second Sunday after Christmas, Year A (2013/4, 2016/7, 2019/20, 2022/23)Read More →

Following Jesus into Earth: A New Reformation? – Robert Saler reflects on the implications of theological transformation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 4-10, Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Jeremiah 18:1-11 (semicontinuous reading) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (semicontinuous reading) Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Lutherans Restoring Creation, asRead More →

We must acknowledge that God is present in, with, and under all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) 2 Samuel 11:26—12:10; 12:13–15 Psalm 32 (5) Galatians 2:15–21 Luke 7:36—8:3 A noticeable lack of discussion of the concept of forgiveness of sinRead More →

“Generosity over scarcity, brokenness in the face of denial, and hope in the place of despair.”  Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary by Dennis Ormseth Readings for Sunday June 5-11, Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) 1 Kings 17:17–24 Psalm 30 Galatians 1:11-24 Luke 7:11-17 The continuity of this Sunday’s gospel with the reading for lastRead More →

Join all the Earth in a new song to the Lord.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 Psalm 96:1-9 (3) Galatians 1:1-12 Luke 7:1-10 The encounter in Capernaum portrayed in the Gospel for this Sunday is a modelRead More →

A Trinitarian / Ecclesial Tapestry – Robert Saler reflects on living into the economy of trinity and church. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 The Acts 9 reading for today is aRead More →

Divine Recapitulation – Robert Saler reflects on being called to join God’s material improvisation of salvation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 For ecological theologians, the second-century patristic author Irenaeus isRead More →

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary for Lent in Year C 2016 by Dennis Ormseth Introduction to the Season Towards the end of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ long letter on racism to his son, the author encourages the young man to continue the struggle of his people. “Struggle for your ancestors .Read More →