The Earth Awaits – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Creation itself participating when the Spirit descends in bodily form as a dove. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Baptism of Our Lord, Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025)Isaiah 43:1-7Psalm 29Acts 8:14-17Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 As with the textsRead More →

Words Appropriate for the Season of Advent? – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the hope the Christian gospel offers an unjust world facing ecological crises. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, Year C (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 1Read 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,Read More →

Claiming the Future as Precious Gifts of People and Land. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on acting boldly for restoration and healing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday November 13-19, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Zephaniah  1:7, 12-18 Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12 I Thessalonians 5:1-11Read 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 isRead More →

A Parable about Caring for Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 2-8, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:7-15 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 The readings for this Sunday after PentecostRead More →

Acceptance in an Economy of Grace – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 18-24, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 Psalm 145:1-8 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 The readingsRead More →

A Reconfigured Parable – Dennis Ormseth reflects on a parable’s proposal of the unlimited economy of grace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 11-17, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Genesis 50:15-21 Psalm 103:[1-7]8-13 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 With a compelling primary theme ofRead More →

Love Your Neighbor! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on cultivating a sense of place, where love for one another includes all of life. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 4-10, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Ezekiel 33:7-11 Psalm 119:33-40 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 WithRead More →

Following Jesus as Servant of Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on self-centered reasons and altruism. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 28 – September 3, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Jeremiah 15:15-21 Psalm 26:1-8 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 In our comment on theRead More →