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.
I have spent most of my Christian life in deep discomfort with Mark 7. I now read it as an early example of the priesthood of all believers.
Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23
We love to look at people and judge them on the basis of what we see. We looked at Lance Armstrong and saw a guy who beat cancer and won Tour de France titles. We saw Bill Cosby as a barrier-breaking comedian and father figure.
In our Gospel text, some of Jesus’ disciples find his teaching hard. Eating his body? Drinking his blood? I didn’t sign up for this. Couldn’t I just pray for you?
1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3–14
If Solomon were an older and more experienced ruler when God appears to him in his dream, I wonder if he would ask for wisdom. And would he ask for wisdom if he were not already wealthy and powerful?
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.
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