Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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This passage from Revelation isn't about the end times, but it is about a future hope. It reminds us that not all endings are bad.
Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18; Matthew 22:34–46;1 Thessalonians 2:1–8
In Jesus' time, a rabbi's yoke was a set of teachings—that which was required of you. The Lord's "easy and gentle" yoke makes most sense to me in light of our yearning for clarity about what is essential.
Isaiah 45:1–7; Matthew 22:15–22
I thought of Russian president Vladimir Putin as I read Isaiah 45. How would he read this text? How would it read to his supporters in Ukraine?
Isaiah 25:1–9; Exodus 32:1–14
If Exodus 32 describes a time of idolatrous blindness and futility, Isaiah 25 shows us the moment of hope in which God's people are called to live—at all times.
Isaiah 5:1–7; Matthew 21:33–46
Jesus' parable of the so-called "wicked tenant farmers" is a textbook illustration—a parody, even—of the economic and political dynamics of empire.
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