Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
The unnamed woman’s healing in this week’s Gospel reading is a story of expansion, revelation, vision widened by grace. There’s more to the story, however.
Jeremiah 23:23–29; Luke 12:49–56
Fire is a dangerous image for Jesus to use, even if he doesn’t mean it literally. What kind of God would bring fire to the earth?
Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16; Genesis 15:1–6; Luke 12:32–40
Hope is the content of faith. Hope is the adopted son, the grafted inheritor. If there are to be, as with Abraham’s descendants, innumerable stars and grains of sands, it will be through this boy.
Colossians 3:1–11; Luke 12:13–21
I’ve been dead a long time, my life hidden in Christ. Paul says the hidden life is a moral one, putting off vices like a set of dirty old clothes. The man could preach fire and brimstone when he wanted to.
Genesis 18:20–32; Luke 11:1–13
What is the point of prayer? The question is writ large in the texts from both the Hebrew scripture and the Gospel for this Sunday. The terrain is fraught with places to trip and fall.
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