Lectionary Commentaries » Lectionary Commentaries: Year A

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***NEW*** Preaching On Creation: Sunday May 29 - June 4 in Year B (Morgan24)

***NEW*** Preaching On Creation: Sunday May 29 – June 4 in Year B (Morgan24)

Sabbath Rest for the Whole Creation – Gabriel Morgan reflects on the connection between our busy-ness and care for creation ...
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in Years A, B, and C (Jorgenson18)

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in Years A, B, and C (Jorgenson18)

Root from Dry Ground - Kiara Jorgenson reflects on the theme of water during Holy Week. Care for Creation Commentary ...
Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Returning to Our Origins  - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the start of our Lenten journey. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Sorensen22)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Sorensen22)

An Environmentalist-Turned-Pastor Reflects on Ash Wednesday - Lois Sorensen. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Ash ...
Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth13)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth13)

Giving, Receiving, and Giving Again - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the fullness of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

A Time for Gathering – Tom Mundahl reflects on freeing all creatures to dwell in peace and mutual respect. Care for ...

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl15)

Coming Home - Tom Mundahl reflects on a return from exile. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings ...
Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Utphall21)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Utphall21)

God's Plan -  Nick Utphall reflects on the order(s) of the universe and a baby. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Displaced and Found by God -  Nick Utphall reflects on the place of baby Jesus in a pandemic. Care for ...
Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Year C (Schade18)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Year C (Schade18)

And on Earth – Peace: A Christmas Eve Eco-Reflection by Leah D. Schade Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

We need wisdom to sustain us as we live with the rest of Earth community. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the ...
Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl21)

Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl21)

Earth's Child – Tom Mundahl reflects on the arrival of the Prince of Peace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Litman-Koon23)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Litman-Koon23)

From Dust, To Dust  – Kris Litman-Koon explores how Ash Wednesday is an invitation to reassess what we value with ...
Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Meyer23)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Meyer23)

From Dust 'Til Dawn - Emily Meyer retraces the Lenten journey - from cosmic stardust to the dusty road to ...
Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

We Need a "Conversion to Earth!" - Leah Schade reflects on lives being changed. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
First Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Meyer23)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Meyer23)

Praise God! Creation as Balm for Grief - Emily Meyer reflects on the slaughter of the Innocents through lenses of ...
Second Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Celebrating the Subversive Life of the Resurrection - Leah Schade reflects on the "the Easter laugh." Care for Creation Commentary ...
Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Meyer23)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Meyer23)

Here's Mud in Your Eye! - Emily Meyer reflects on tutorials in Divine vision, the Vernal Equinox, and healing individual ...
Resurrection of Our Lord in Year A (Schade14)

Resurrection of Our Lord in Year A (Schade14)

How does creation participate in this new life? - Leah Schade reflects on recovering sacred memory and renewing hope. Care ...
Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Ormseth14)

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Ormseth14)

Faithful Servant of God's Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the last week of Jesus' life on earth. Care for ...
Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Mundahl17)

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Mundahl17)

Offering Life for the World - Tom Mundahl reflects on Christ's suffering and death. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Extravagant Hope for Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the work of the Spirit making God’s love for the cosmos ...
Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Can These Bones Live? - Tom Mundahl reflects on the cost of transitioning to a creation-normed economy. Care for Creation ...
Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

All of the Baptized Are Sent - Tom Mundahl reflects on our call to serve. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Third Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Third Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Real Water, Holy Water - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Samaritan woman finishing a story that began with Nicodemus. Care ...
Third Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Third Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Come and See - Tom Mundahl reflects on God's gift of water. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Do we see God's work in all creation? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on John 9. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Second Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Second Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

The Spirit is the Giver and Sustainer of Life, All of Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on how these things ...
Second Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Second Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Living in Promises and Hope - Tom Mundahl reflects on land and the struggle to "till (serve) and keep" it ...
First Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

First Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Lent Calls Us to Serve the Flourishing of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the temptation of Jesus and what ...
First Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

First Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

The Way of Ecojustice in a Dangerous Time - Tom Mundahl reflects on our place in the world. Care for ...
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Our Help Is in the Name of the LORD  - Tom Mundahl reflects on trusting in the One who made ...
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

We Are Epiphany Communities - Tom Mundahl reflects on being salt for the Earth and bearing light for the world ...
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Meeting  the "Creational Need" of Nature - Dennis Ormseth reflects on salt and light. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Unanimous Approval of Mountains, Hills, and the Foundations of the Earth - Tom Mundahl reflects on what happens when we ...
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Empowered in God's Love for the Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on earth-honoring faith. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Christian Care for Creation Will Address Chemical Spills - Tom Mundahl reflects on mending torn nets, community, and creation. Care ...
Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl14)

We Are Home - Tom Mundahl reflects on the community of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Schade17)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Schade17)

Needing New Nets: Fishing for People in a Creation-Crisis Age - Leah Schade reflects on what empty nets tell us ...
Baptism of Our Lord in Year A (Mundahl14)

Baptism of Our Lord in Year A (Mundahl14)

Gentle Justice for People and Creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on baptism and obedience. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Schade17)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Schade17)

Droplets of Paradox: The Ripples of Our Baptismal Calling  -  Leah Schade reflects on the "foolishness" of creation care ministry. Care ...
Baptism of Our Lord in Year A (Martin23)

Baptism of Our Lord in Year A (Martin23)

Stepping into Theological Uncertainty - Tom Martin reflects on what we are called to do as God's Servant. Care for ...
First Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Mundahl13)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Mundahl13)

Greater Courage and Imagination - Tom Mundahl reflects on standing up against those who would destroy. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Baptism of Our Lord in Year A (Schade17)

Baptism of Our Lord in Year A (Schade17)

Inauguration by Water – The Baptism of Jesus - Leah Schade reflects on Matthew 3:13-17 and Isaiah 42:1-9. Care for ...
Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

Faithfulness and Creativity - Robert Saler reflects on the example of Saint Joseph. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year A (Ormseth10)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year A (Ormseth10)

A Light Shining in the Darkness - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation ...
Third Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

Third Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

Expanding the Imagination with Vision - Robert Saler reflects on what might stir congregations to creative action. Care for Creation ...
Second Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

Granting Time, Rupturing Time - Robert Saler reflects on the real objects of our piety. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
First Sunday of Advent in Year A (Santmire16)

First Sunday of Advent in Year A (Santmire16)

Why bother with Advent? - Paul Santmire reflects on the start of Advent season. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
First Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

First Sunday of Advent in Year A (Saler13)

A Christian Stance of Hopefulness - Robert Saler reflects on improvisation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary ...
First Sunday of Advent in Year A (Andrews22)

First Sunday of Advent in Year A (Andrews22)

God's Ways - Liv Larson Andrews reflects on peace, darkness, and time. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
Second Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Mundahl14)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Mundahl14)

The “great gathering” of Earth community encompasses the material world of God’s good creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on our ...

All Saints Sunday in Year A

The beatitudes address the oppressive conditions of empire—ancient and contemporary! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year A  By ...
Reformation Sunday, Year A

Reformation Sunday, Year A

Care for Creation Commentary on the Common lectionary in Year A Reformation Sunday, by Dennis Ormseth Psalm 46 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Romans ...
Sunday June 19-25 in Year A (Mundahl20)

Sunday June 19-25 in Year A (Mundahl20)

It Can't Happen Here - Tom Mundahl reflects on prophetic voice and lament. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Mundahl20)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Mundahl20)

Survival Is Insufficient - Tom Mundahl reflects on the Trinitarian model of "making room." Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Acceptance in an Economy of Grace - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the workers in the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Santmire14)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Santmire14)

In Praise of Generosity - Paul Santmire reflects on a kairos moment for Americans. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year A (Santmire14)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year A (Santmire14)

Things Fall Apart: One Center Holds - Paul Santmire reflects on a counter-cultural alternative to a consumer economy. Care for ...
Sunday October 2-8 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday October 2-8 in Year A (Ormseth11)

A Parable about Caring for Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on being grounded in the earth. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Sunday October 9-15 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday October 9-15 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Participating in the Banquet - Dennis Ormseth reflects on joining with the Servant of Creation in the unending care of creation ...
Sunday October 16-22 in Year A (Schifferdecker14)

Sunday October 16-22 in Year A (Schifferdecker14)

O Sing to YHWH a New Song! - Kathryn Schifferdecker reflects on letting all creation praise by not polluting. Care ...
Reformation Sunday (October 29) in Year A (Martin23)

Reformation Sunday (October 29) in Year A (Martin23)

Reforming the Reformation - Tom Martin reflects on iconoclastic homiletics for Reformation Sunday. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Sunday October 23-29 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday October 23-29 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Caring for the 'Hood - Dennis Ormseth reflects on loving all that God loves. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Sunday October 30 - November 5 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday October 30 – November 5 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Authentic Leadership - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the call to be no less than servants of creation. Care for Creation Commentary ...
Sunday November 6-12 in Year A (Sorensen23)

Sunday November 6-12 in Year A (Sorensen23)

Unless - Lois Sorensen reflects on the parables of the bridesmaids and The Lorax.   Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Sunday November 13-19 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday November 13-19 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Claiming the Future as Precious Gifts of People and Land - Dennis Ormseth reflects on acting boldly for restoration and healing ...
Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth11)

Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth11)

We Are the People of God's Pasture! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the inclusion of land and water in God's reign ...
Second and Third Sundays of Easter in Year A (Utphall20)

Second and Third Sundays of Easter in Year A (Utphall20)

Needing New Life - Nick Utphall reflects on Easter Season and Earth Day during the COVID-19 pandemic. Care for Creation ...
Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Living into a Vision of Sustainability for the Whole Earth Community. - Leah Schade reflects on the Good Shepherd. Care ...
Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Utphall20)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Utphall20)

Needing New Life:  Nick Utphall walks through a mental exploration with the Shepherd.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade14)

Ocean Coral Illuminates the "Living Stone" of Christ - Leah Schade reflects on the dwelling place of God and ecosystems ...
Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year A (Ormseth11)

Growing into Divine Fellowship - Dennis Ormseth reflects on how we might participate in the relief of nature's groaning. Care ...
Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year A (Ormseth11)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year A (Ormseth11)

Servant of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on one who can be counted upon to "keep" the creatures of God's ...
Day of Pentecost in Year A (Martin23)

Day of Pentecost in Year A (Martin23)

Free Speech for Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots - Tom Martin reflects on Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, eco-justice, and glossolalia ...
Day of Pentecost in Year A (Ormseth11)

Day of Pentecost in Year A (Ormseth11)

The Spirit is the Giver of Life! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the first fruits of a restored creation. Care ...
Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Ormseth11)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Ormseth11)

The Story of Jesus the Servant of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the triune God of creation. Care for ...
Sunday June 12-18 in Year A (Mundahl20)

Sunday June 12-18 in Year A (Mundahl20)

A Community to Serve the Whole Earth - Tom Mundahl reflects on support, endurance, and hope for the challenges we ...
Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Righteousness and Justice for All Creation! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on true prophets. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year A (Meyer23)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year A (Meyer23)

Sacrifice / Freedom / Obedience / Water - Emily Meyer encourages us to follow the lead of Indigenous Water Protectors - ...
Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Ormseth11)

The Parable of the Sower as Sign of God's Provision in Nature - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the Servant of Creation ...
Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Mundahl23)

Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Mundahl23)

A Time of Blessing? – Tom Mundahl reflects on entering into the experience of negation with hope. Care for Creation ...
Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Feast on These Parables from Nature! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the messy business of God's kingdom. Care for Creation Commentary ...
Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Thompson20)

Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Thompson20)

All-Encompassing, Hopeful, and Embodied Faith Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 7-13, Year ...
Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Ormseth11)

In Jesus, Exceptionalist Ideology Falls Away - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on a global scope for the vision of well-being. Care ...
Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Retzlaff23)

Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Retzlaff23)

Stronger Winds on the Seas - Carmen Retzlaff reflects on winds of climate change. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Carr23)

Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Carr23)

An Outsider's Wit and a Grafting God: Playing for a Change - Amy Carr reflects on honesty and play as ...
Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth11)

The Best Title for Jesus?  He is the Lord and Servant of Creation! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on who the Gospel of ...
Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Desist from Ecological Destruction, NOW! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the ecological integrity of all things. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Mundahl23)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Mundahl23)

Home – Tom Mundahl reflects on the way toward hope. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings ...
Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Following Jesus as Servant of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on self-centered reasons and altruism. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
Sunday September 4-10 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday September 4-10 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Love Your Neighbor! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on cultivating a sense of place, where love for one another includes all of ...
Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Carr23)

Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Carr23)

Weeping Together - Amy Carr reflects on mutual vulnerability and forgiveness in a changing climate. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Ormseth11)

A Reconfigured Parable - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the unlimited economy of grace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Choosing Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the whole creation being aware of how people choose. Care for Creation Commentary ...
Seventh Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Rejecting the Paradigm of Domination - Dennis Ormseth reflects on what it means to bring an "image of God" to ...
Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year A (Carr20)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year A (Carr20)

Incline Your Ear and Listen Carefully - Amy Carr reflects on our response to grief, anguish, and the temptation to ...
Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year A (Retzlaff23)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year A (Retzlaff23)

A Prayer in the Anthropocene - Carmen Retzlaff reflects on food scarcity and food sovereignty. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
Sunday July 3-9 in Year A (Carr20)

Sunday July 3-9 in Year A (Carr20)

Taking on Rationalization - Amy Carr reflects on donkeys facing war horses. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Mundahl23)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Mundahl23)

A Great Unraveling? – Tom Mundahl reflects on God remembering. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings ...
Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year A (Mundahl20)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year A (Mundahl20)

Fake News - Tom Mundahl reflects on the alternative. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for ...