Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
We watch cars crash,bodies crush,drunks stagger,adolescents weep, untilwe believe:no matter how innocentwe think we are,how good our intentions,there’s no re-crossingthose doubleyellow lines. No short cuts.Ever. Rock: clay: dust.
David Petraeus's failings aren't the same as his biblical namesake's. No one went to die so he could bed Paula Broadwell. Still, we expected more.
Living by covenant, not contract
Monastic vows sound familiar to anyone who's been to a wedding. In both marriage and celibacy, we promise to be faithful.
2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a; Psalm 51:1–12
The psalms are poignant. They bear emotion in a way that grabs our souls. They are comprehended by the heart in a way the head can’t.
But I falter when I try to preach them.
Lessons of confinement
Chronic illness is like Walden: life is pared down to essentials. But unlike Thoreau, I can’t walk away.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.