God Does Not Desire That Creatures Suffer  – Amy Carr reflects on waiting and suffering, fairness and balance. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 26 – July 2, Year B (2021, 2024) Lamentations 3:22-33 or Wisdom1:13-15, 2:23-24 Psalm 30 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 Lamentations 3:22-33 The activists among us might feel restive with this advice to those in lamentation: “It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” (Lamentations 3:26). To be sure, we are aware that acceptance is one vital stage of grief after a tragic loss like that accompanying the 6th centuryRead More →

It is the cosmic vulnerability that we have to honor if we want to worship the true king, the Cosmic Christ. – Leah Schade reflects on the readings for Christ the King Sunday. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for Christ the King Sunday (Last Sunday after Pentecost), Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 46 Colossians 1:11-20 Luke 23:33-43 Christ the King Sunday has always been a difficult holy day for me to appreciate. I have never been comfortable with the kind of language we use on this day. There is something about using words like “throne,” “scepter,” “footstool,”Read More →

Right Delight is the Basis of Right Action: Robert Saler reflects on Luke 10:38-42 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for July 17-23, Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Amos 8:1-12 Psalm 52 Colossians 1: 15-28 Luke 10:38-42 The story of Mary and Martha has, throughout history, served as a kind of paradigmatic biblical intervention into a philosophical conversation that predates the Gospels by centuries, but yet was very current in Jesus’ time: the relative merits of action vs. contemplation (praxis vs. theoria, in Aristotelian terms). When we think of theory, we often have an attenuated sense of it as a kindRead More →