Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
Photo by Mary Harrsch
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 Jesus that John shows us in this week’s Gospel text is not a religious robot, unemotionally prepared to end it all for the cause. He sees the risks, feels them.
The binary world of John’s Gospel is well drawn in Jesus’ talk here, and unknowns frame the verse. How could a God of love condemn people? What does it mean to be in darkness?
This account tunes our ears to catch the miraculous reality of an incarnate God walking among us, whose presence brings a new dimension into our ordinary lives of buying and selling.
Peter assumes that the Messiah will bring God’s wrath down upon God’s enemies. But what we see and hear as God’s wrath is actually God’s love in pain when witnessing our wrath heaped upon each other.
Genesis 9:8–17; 1 Peter 3:18–22
There’s a reason that flood stories are so universal: we fear wiping ourselves out through our own violence. We need to learn to read the flood story through the eyes of the God revealed in the rainbow promise.
The Century's work relies primarily on subscriptions and donations. Thank you for supporting nonprofit journalism.