Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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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.
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32; Matthew 21:23–32
Ezekiel steps right into the middle of a group of people busy at that most ancient of activities, going back to Eden: the blame game.
The Philippians would have read "striving side by side for the faith of the gospel" and thought of the phalanx, infantrymen with shields interlocked. An opponent faced a whole formation.
Romans 14:1–12; Matthew 18:21–35
The first fistfight I ever witnessed was in a church. Two leaders, impassioned by their differing views, escalated their argument into a physical fight.
What comes first—your actions or your beliefs? Here's Paul's answer: neither one. What comes first is the love of God.
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