Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; (Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8;) Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16
Highlight at church yesterday: a small boy, age four or so, crawling ever so deftly and silently out of the front rows, and getting all the way to the edge of the proscenium.
Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1–5; John 16:12–15
When we are overwhelmed by our daily struggles, when we get weary because of the dehumanization that results from hatred and greed, Proverbs 8 and Psalm 8 remind us how God conceives of us as human beings crowned with glory and honor.
The divine in the human
In John's prologue, the Word speaks our language while also summoning to a new creation. The incarnate Word is the God of creative address.
Last month, both the scientifically minded and the scientifically challenged paused to contemplate the far reaches of the cosmos.
Give me the green side of that apple,the tree side, puckery, crisp.And your mouth, stop sunning it. Here! Give me a kiss.On second thought, take it back! When you domineered the animals, your fingers useless in fists, I looked the given in the mouth (your horsing and naming, your curses). The gist: We’ve both had our due. The worm’s in us. Yum. And we’re in this together. The risk: Come. Whet wit with me. Defy! Deify.I’m a northerner, shade-grown, tall. I can reachthe top fruit, but no higher. See that Winesap,King—you name it—up there? Catchand imagine them huge—logo balloons,image parades snaking the earth,peopling the sky.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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