Root from Dry Ground – Kiara Jorgenson reflects on the themes of water in the Holy Week texts. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Years A, B, and C  Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10], 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 Maundy Thursday In, with, and under—those are the prepositions we Lutherans use to describe the sacramental. God’s presence is in, with, and under the elements—the Lamb of Exodus 12, the wine and bread of 1 Corinthians 11, and the water of John 13. TheRead More →

The Transformation of All Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the reorientation of creation to its sacred center. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Sunday of the Passion Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16 (Procession) Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 [40-47] Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 The week we call “holy” traditionally begins with the congregation’s Palm Sunday procession: the pastor reads the processional Gospel fromRead More →

Jesus is the Faithful Servant of God’s Creation. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2014) Readings for Sunday of the Passion, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Matthew 21:1-11Psalm 31:9-16Isaiah 50:4-9aPhillipians 2:5-11Matthew 26:14-27:66 The processional Gospel presents Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Warren Carter notes that Matthew’s narrative of the event includes several “features common to traditions of Jewish and Greco-Roman entrance processions:” the appearance of the ruler, a procession into the city, welcoming and celebrating crowds, and a hymnic acclamation. Certain details in Matthew’sRead More →