Expend your life for Jesus and the gospel of new creation, and you will save it. – Tom Mundahl reflects on the gospel paradox. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Genesis 17:1-7, 15-15 Psalm 22:23-31 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 While this week’s readings vigorously underline God’s faithful keeping of covenant promises made to Abraham and Sarah, including the strong affirmation in our psalm that this promise is for all (Psalm 22:27), our Gospel lesson challenges us to focus both on what threatens and on what sustains care for creation. TheRead More →

We are the sheep of God’s pasture. We are the people of God’s Earth. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on  the inclusion of land and water in God’s reign. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Christ the King Sunday (Last Sunday of Pentcost), Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 95:1-7a Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus identifies with “the least of these.” The long awaited king comes in glory, accompanied by God’s angels. He comes to judge “all the nations”—which includes “all people, Christian, Jews, and Gentiles” He comes as a shepherd, separating out his sheep from the goats,Read More →