Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31
Habakkuk 1:1-4 and 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; (Isaiah 1:10-18; Psalm 32:1-7;) 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 119:1-8;) Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34
Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; (Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43;) 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12
Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12
I read this week’s lectionary passages last summer in the Urubamba Valley in my native Peru, and in my native Spanish: “Pero Cristo ya vino, y ahora el es el Sumo sacerdote . . .” At first I resisted the Hebrews passage, as I prefer Jesus’ concrete teachings to more abstract theological concepts. So, while leading a tour group across the Andes, I turned to Mark: “And man must love God with all his heart and with all his mind and with all his strength; and he must love his neighbor as he loves himself.”
I laughed out loud when I first heard Martin Luther’s explanation of how the Reformation happened: “While I have been sleeping, or drinking Wittenberg beer with my friend Philip and with Amsdorf, it is the Word that has done great things. . . . I have done nothing, I have let the Word act. It is all powerful, it takes hearts prisoner.” When I was sitting there in Intro to Church History sessions, preaching and reforming sounded heady, or easy.