1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13; Psalm 20; (Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15;) 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 4:26-34
I have come to realize how mysterious a thing a seed is. Within that kernel, there is the memory of centuries of death and rebirth, and a promise of future plants for as long as the earth will last.
Again and again, the religious impulse in human beings turns violent. Is there no other side to this grim tale?
What the Prodigal Son story doesn’t mean
The Prodigal Son is often read to mean that God loves sinners, whereas the Jews thought God only loved the righteous. This makes no sense.
Matthew 13: 31–33; 44–52
I remind myself to approach the parables with a receptive spirit. I don't want to interpret these lovely, tiny gems; I want to wonder about them.
1 Samuel 16:1–13
Can someone be called and not know it, at least until God does something to reveal God’s intentions? Apparently David is an example of this.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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