Isaiah 62:1-5 (Psalm 36:5-10); 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) (Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18); 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42
What do you get for the bride who has everything? It’s unusual these days for a couple not to have all they need before they marry. They don’t need dishes or kitchenware—unless they hope to upgrade. Their grandparents may have started out in a small apartment with a used stove and an icebox, but the 21st-century couple already owns a Viking stove and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
From where does Nathanael's confession, his insight, come?
Gothic cathedral. A gay couple approaches holding hands. “Step aside, please,” say the muscle-bound guards. They speak similar words to an African-American girl, a Hispanic man, a young man in a wheelchair. Then, just as we realize that the two large men are “church bouncers,” the scene fades to black and the tag line reads: “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.”
If you’re Eli, you’re not sleeping that well when the boy comes trotting in to disturb you with his nonsense.
Reading the call of Samuel, one wonders why the lectionary confronts us with such a dread epiphany.