Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; (Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22;) Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40
I'm thinking about Psalm 33. It's a good one. It begins with music and ends with this reminder that princes and horses are not actually running the show. I know. I was surprised as well.
Some days it might feel that way, mind you, but it's not really the way things are. I always want question that kind of logic...ontology again. If Congress reinstates the draft then they are running the show. There is this thing called "power" and some people have more than others in some contexts. How does an ontological theo-philosophical argument slow down Congress or what have you?
Snow can be tiresome, even deadly, but it can also be a sign of holiness and of hope.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Scholars say the title "To the Hebrews" is not a part of the original
manuscript: the author of this early Christian letter—a written sermon,
really—doesn’t waste time on salutations. He gets right to it, straight
to the point.
My grandmother’s name is Nellie Caroline Myer. In her prime she was a force to be reckoned with: tall, full-figured and bold. She loved a good hat, a pretty dress and fire-engine-red lipstick.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure
to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms.”
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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