Let Light Shine Out of Darkness – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the cosmic Christ revealed in the Transfiguration. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024, 2027) 2 Kings 2:1-2 Psalm 50:1-6 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 “For those who areRead More →

Reforming the Reformation – Tom Martin reflects on iconoclastic homiletics for Reformation Sunday. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Reformation Sunday, Year A (2023, 2026) Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36 Stories of Beginnings are, like the fields of force reaching out from the quantum void, vehiclesRead More →

Free Speech for Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots – Tom Martin reflects on Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, eco-justice, and glossolalia. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Day of Pentecost, Year A (2023, 2026) Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 John 7:37-39 Pentecost is about liberation.  To craftRead More →

The Holy Seed Is Its Stump – Mark Ditmanson reflects on God’s way of bringing life out of devastation. Care for Creation Reflection on the Revised Common Lectionary  Thank you to the EcoFaith Network of the ELCA’s Northeastern Minnesota Synod for providing a reflection on this week’s lectionary readings. You can learn more about whatRead More →

Did God not make creation for the common good?  – Tom Mundahl reflects on threats to community well-being.    Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 18-24, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Jeremiah 11:18-20 Psalm 54 James 3:13-4.3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 The readings for this Sunday raise one of theRead More →

“This is what love looks like!” – Tom Mundahl reflects on resisting global climate change. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 11-17, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 In his thoughtful commentary on Second Isaiah, Paul Hanson asks: “How can oneRead More →

Faithfulness Will Spring Up from the Ground – Tom Mundahl reflects on God’s shalom trumping “royal theologies.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 10 – July 16, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 Many have read with excitement Pope Francis’ encyclical, LaudatoRead More →

Congregations who embrace care for creation will find joy in the initiatives they undertake. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on becoming faithful caretakers of the prophetic critique and vision. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 3 – July 9, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Ezekiel 2:1-5 Psalm 123 2Read More →

Called to the Dance – Tom Mundahl reflects on making room. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the The Holy Trinity (First Sunday after Pentecost), Year B (2021, 2024) Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 29 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17 It is a sure bet that on Holy Trinity Sunday many worshippers in traditionalRead More →

Now is the acceptable time—to speak out boldly! – Leah Schade reflects on prophetic voice in the midst of the storm. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 19-25, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Job 38:1-11 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 8 “Or who shut in the seaRead More →