Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; (Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113;) 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13
The Holy Spirit in other religions
Could the Spirit's love be poured into the hearts of people untouched by the incarnation? Could non-Christians be lovers of the only God there is?
Remembering the poor, remembering the dead
In the Christian imagination, the joining of heaven and earth has long been refracted through the joining of people in disparate social situations.
October 19, 2013: folio 253v-254r
The text of the day is open to Luke, chapter sixteen,verse ten. The initial N, made up of blond menfacing off, grappling and tugging at each other’s beards,becomes the first word in the section that warns usthat no servant can serve two masters. Irony intended.Later, in beautiful insular majuscule, the open letters filledin red and blue, we read You cannot serve both god and money.I wish that these words would rise off the page, a swarm of bees,become honey to spread on our daily bread. When the scribesmade an error, in a world before white-out, the correct wordwas inserted in a box of red dots. Aren’t there words todaywe’d like to amend like that? In this dimly lit room, circlingglass cases, I return to view the same vellum over again,Twelve hundred years later, clear as the day it was written,I think of Henri Nouwen: The word is born in silence,and silence is the deepest response to the word.
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.
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, my dad couldn't sing national songs. The Nazis saw the church's Psalter, however, as innocuous. Little did they know.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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