Bread That Gives Life to the World – Tom Mundahl reflects on the reverential economy of God’s grace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 24 – July 30, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  2 Kings 4:42-44 Psalm 145:10-18 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 What images of hospitality do you carry with you? I think immediately of welcoming a new neighbor with a freshly-baked loaf of bread. Perhaps that vision comes from Russian literature filled with descriptions of peasants providing welcome to visitors with bread and salt. Not surprisingly, both of these pictures of neighborliness feature bread. Whether it isRead More →

We do indeed have this “good shepherd” in whose presence we may dwell all our days. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on being “at home” in creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 The readings for this Good Shepherd Sunday in year B place the much-beloved Psalm 23 in the context of the conflict that is narrated in third and fourth chapters of Acts, from which the first lesson is drawn again this Sunday. The followers of Jesus, who in the daysRead More →

Creation is our Home, the Abiding Place of Nurture and Sustenance – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the manner with which we regard the creation around us. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 At the end of the week of Earth Day, this Sunday’s texts offer rich counterpart to those of the last Sunday, when we saw how the mode of Jesus’ presence with his disciples following his resurrection is full of consequence for the church’s care of creation: the meal they shareRead 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 →

It Is God’s Will – Dennis Ormseth reflects on joining with the Lord, Servant of Creation, in unending care of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 9-15, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 25:1-9 Psalm 23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 This is the Feast of Victory for our God! The coupling of the parable of “The Wedding Banquet” from Matthew 22:1-14 with this Sunday’s first lesson from Isaiah 25 suggests that the parable must be understood as referring to the messianic banquet. Reading these texts together in Christian worship, however, raises a difficult question for those whoRead More →

Let us live into a vision of sustainability for the whole Earth community. – Leah Schade reflects on the Good Shepherd. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 Good Shepherd Sunday, as this day is sometimes called, provides multiple points of entry for an eco-theological perspective. In John 10:1-10 Jesus refers to himself both as a “good shepherd” and also as the gate by which the sheep enter into safe pasture. 1 Peter 2:25 compares those who follow Christ to sheep who hadRead More →