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 →

Human beings grow into divine fellowship to participate in the relief of nature’s groaning. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on living in relationship. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21 The reading of Jesus’ Farewell Discourse continues with this Sunday’s Gospel, with its concern for how his followers will live in his absence, in anticipation of the closing of the period of his Easter appearances and his Ascension. The passage extends the discussion of the relationship between the community of believers, Jesus, andRead More →

The Spirit is the Giver and Sustainer of Life, All of Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the story of Nicodemus. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2014) Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Genesis 12:1-4aPsalm 121Romans 4:1-5, 13-17John 3:1-17 Our first reading for the Second Sunday in Lent reminds us that Jesus’ Lenten journey goes through the land and amongst the people that God promised to Abraham and Sarah. God called Abram out of his own country, family, and house with a promise to provide not only progeny and newRead More →

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Easter in Year C By Robert Saler Ecumenism as Ecological Lure The Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (2016, 2019, 2022) Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26 There is a common saying in ecumenical circles known as “ecumenism of the trenches.” As many preachers this week turn to Jesus’ so-called “High Priestly Prayer” and its specific call that Christ’s followers “be one,” ecumenism in general may well be on the minds of both preacher and congregation. The notion of “ecumenism of the trenches” suggests that, to a certain degree, both ChristianRead More →