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.
2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a
She woke me up at 2 a.m. I flipped on the light, grabbed my pen, and wrote furiously about Bathsheba.
2 Samuel 11:1–15
I don’t want to identify with David, with this king who knows no limits. But why, pray God, does his arrogance feel so familiar?
Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
Mark writes, “many were coming and going, and they had no leisure, even to eat.” I read this observation with uneasy laughter, thinking of many lunches spent at my computer with a sandwich.
I like Mark’s frequent mention of how people felt. In this week’s text, Herod is greatly perplexed about John the Baptist.
The consistent witness of the New Testament is that Jesus is rejected by his own people. As he prepares to send the Twelve, his experience of failure seems to color his instructions to his disciples.
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