A Light Shining in the Darkness – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for Christmas Eve (2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Psalm 96 Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] Readings for Christmas Day  Psalm 97 or 98 Isaiah 62:6-12 or 52:7-10 Titus 3:4-7 or Hebrews 1:1-14 (5-12) Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 or John 1:1-14 Introduction The birth of Jesus is an occasion for great joy in the church. What we have hoped for and waited for, not just in the season of Advent but also in “all the years” of hope and fear, beginsRead More →

Bearing God into the World – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Christ’s birth opening space and time for the renewal of Earth. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 God raises the dead and creates something out of nothing. One more Sunday we wait for the coming of God. We have waited with hope, we have waited in fear, and we have waited with deepening joy. Now we wait faithfully and obediently, because this last Sunday ofRead More →

Courage – Tom Mundahl reflects on beholding versus seeing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B (2020, 2023) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 While there is no doubt of the significance of Davidic pedigree (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16), or of the evangelical energy with which Romans concludes (Romans 16:25-27), this final Sunday in Advent belongs to Mary. Both the Annunciation and the Magnificat reveal the power and mystery of the coming of God.  As poet Denise Levertov writes: Bravest of all humans, consent illumined her. The room filled with itsRead More →

All of Earth Rejoices at the Birth of Jesus – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2011) Readings for Christmas Eve (all years) Psalm 96 Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Readings for Christmas Day (all years) Psalm 97 or 98 Isaiah 62:6-12 or 52:7-10 Titus 3:4-7 or Hebrews 1:1-14 (5-12) Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 or John 1:1-14 Introduction The birth of Jesus is an occasion for great joy in the church. What we have hoped for and waited for, not just in the season of AdventRead More →