Everything Is Changed – Dennis Ormseth reflects on reorientation of the community to God’s creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Psalm 1 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 In the first of these comments on texts for the Sundays of Easter, Year B, we took note of John Dominic and Sarah Sexton Crossan’s exploration of the iconography of the Resurrection in the Ancient Church and their observation that the Western Church visualized Jesus’ Resurrection as individual, with Jesus alone, while in the Eastern Church. It is pictured as universal,Read More →

In Christ’s Resurrection the Earth Itself Arose – Dennis Ormseth reflects on creation acting on behalf of its Creator. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 In the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, creation speaks and acts on behalf of its Creator, as well as for itself. In the Gospel, a vine speaks about its place in the vineyard: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. EveryRead More →

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 →

Earth Itself Arose – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Spirit of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 3:12-19 Psalm 4 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48 The themes we have identified in our comments on the readings for the first two Sundays of Easter, in establishing that Jesus’ resurrection represents the “liberation of past, present, and future humanity from death in, by and simultaneously with Christ . . .on a transformed earth and within a transfigured world”—in the words of John Dominic and Sarah Sexton Crossan, are present also in theRead More →

Survival Is Insufficient – Tom Mundahl reflects on the Trinitarian model of “making room.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for The Holy Trinity, Year A (2020, 2023) Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 This week the church begins the season known as Ordinary Time.  But there is little ordinary about what we have experienced in 2020. The outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic has not only ravaged much of the world; it has prompted questions about the effectiveness of medical systems, distributive justice, and the resilience of  economies grasping for endless growth. What’s more, at a timeRead More →

We need a “conversion to Earth!” – Leah Schade reflects on lives being changed. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Third Sunday of Easter, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Hearts burning, eyes opened, lives changed, communities revitalized. These are the outcomes following the aftershocks of Jesus’ resurrection that we read about in today’s lessons. Two followers of Jesus recognize the risen Christ in the breaking of bread after having been instructed by him as a mysterious stranger accompanying them on their walk to Emmaus. Peter’s sermon leads to theRead More →

How does creation participate in this new life? – Leah Schade reflects on Christ’s passion and resurrection through an ecological hermeneutic. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Easter Day, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Jeremiah 31:1-6 Psalm 118:102, 14-24 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 38:1-10 What a wonderful coincidence that the celebration of Easter is the same week as the secular celebration of Earth Day this year. Peter reminded the Gentiles in Cornelius’ house: “Jesus’ commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead” (ActsRead More →

“Needing New Nets: Fishing for People in a Creation-Crisis Age” – Leah Schade reflects on Matthew 4:12-23. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Leah Schade in 2017) Readings for the Third Sunday of Epiphany, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 4-9 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23 Sardines! Carp!  Comb-fish!  Biny-fish!  Every kind of fish!  This is what James and John should have been hauling in from the Sea of Galilee.  Their boat should have been full of fish, wriggling and slapping their tails, flipping and flopping, a mass of glassy eyes and shiny scales.  But what Jesus found was an empty boat andRead More →