Living the Ecological Vocation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the source of new life for all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 10:44-48 Psalm 98 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! . . The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.” Some six weeks ago, we joined in praise to God with these verses from Psalm 118, rejoicing in the good news of the Resurrection of Jesus. The voice here isRead More →

Ending Our Exile from Creation – Tom Mundahl reflects on owning the responsibilities of our priesthood. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 Finally we can begin to see our garden beds. Even though we have been able to celebrate a Minnesota winter in all of its beauty and challenge, after four months of snow we cannot help but experience a sense of exile from the rich smell of warming humus in garden beds and the ever-surprising growth of seeds into food and flowers.Read 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 →

Needing New Life:  Nick Utphall reflects on Easter, Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, and coronavirus. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Second Sunday of Easter, Year A (2020, 2023) Acts 2:14a, 22-32Psalm 161 Peter 1:3-9John 20:19-31 Readings for Third Sunday of Easter, Year A (2020, 2023) Acts 2:14a, 36-41Psalm 116:1-4, 12-191 Peter 1:17-23Luke 24:13-35 I had been looking forward to working on this commentary for months now. Back before almost everything changed, I was aiming toward it since before the start of 2020. I was feeling great excitement and some ownership about late April of this year. It’s the 50th anniversary ofRead More →