Meeting  the “Creational Need” of Nature – Dennis Ormseth reflects on salt and light. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023, 2026) Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) Psalm 112:1-9 (10) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) Matthew 5:13-20 As the reading of the Sermon onRead More →

All of Earth Rejoices at the Birth of Jesus – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve, Years A, B, & C Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Readings for Nativity ofRead More →

A Light Shining in the Darkness – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Christmas Eve, Years A, B, & C Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] Readings for Christmas Day, Years A, B, & C Isaiah 62:6-12Read More →

Creation’s Interest – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the strength and cost of refusing the way of domination. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Lent, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Luke 19:28-40 (Procession of Palms) Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 22:14-23:56Read More →

Confronting Dualism – Dennis Ormseth reflects on God who is both creator and servant of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 The report of Pilate’s brutal act against some Galileans, withRead More →

Creational Blessing – Dennis Ormseth reflects on resisting domination and living into God’s promises. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17- 4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Jesus’ encounter with “some Pharisees” in the Gospel readingRead More →

Returning to Our Origins  – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the start of our Lenten journey. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and CJoel 2:1-2, 12-17Psalm 51:1-172 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:10Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Potentially, the first text read to initiate the season of Lent onRead More →

Giving, Receiving, and Giving Again – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the fullness of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Christmas, All Years Jeremiah 31:7-14 or Sirach 24:1-2 Psalm 147:12-20 or Wisdom 10:15-21 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:[1-9] 10-18 With the texts for the Second Sunday of Christmas,Read More →

Restored to the Eternal Motion of God’s Love – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus calling us from self-promotion and self-interest to joy-filled service for Christ. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday November 6-12, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) 1 Kings 17:8-16 Psalm 146 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 TheRead More →

How is the God of creation related to the storms of global climate change? – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the interconnected world of God’s creation. 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 “Who thenRead More →