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 callousness of Pontius Pilate was legendary: if you could choose your judge, you did not want him. Jesus cannot choose.
The unnamed disciple in Mark 13:1 would have been impressed not only by the temple’s splendor, but by what it represented: God’s presence with Israel. Jesus’ reply must have astounded him.
Ruth 3:1–5; 4:13–17
I’m afraid for Ruth. Boaz’s words suggest either that Ruth has already been assaulted and humiliated, or that it would have been customary for a woman in her position to expect abuse.
I realized I had not forgiven my father when I read John 11 and heard Jesus thundering, “Unbind him and let him go!” My resentments had bound me to my father, even in his death.
Job 42:1–6, 10–17
New daughters and sons do not take the place of the lost ones. As a conclusion to the story of Job, this will not do.
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