Wild Lectionary: Sheep are not sexy

Fourth Sunday of Easter (B) John 10: 1-18 By Matthew W. Humphrey Sheep are not sexy. Many biblical commentators struggle with language for this most archetypal figure, oftentimes casting them in unfortunate ways.  In a brief review of the 9 commentaries on the Gospel of John, which contains the reading this week, I counted no […]

Wild Lectionary: Universal Restoration

Easter 3(B) Acts 3:1-21 By The Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie The liturgical season of Easter is the only time that our readings are all from the New Testament. During this season the first readings are from the Acts of the Apostles. Today’s reading from Acts is another occasion where our Roman Catholic Lectionary differs from […]

Wild Lectionary: Thomas, Bodies, Touch, and Violence

Easter 2(B) John 20:19-31 By Laurel Dykstra “Doubting Thomas” it’s the name we call someone who demands hard evidence, who won’t accept what we say or who doesn’t share our beliefs. There are all kinds opportunities in the church use that name against someone. All sorts of differences in the beliefs of faithful Christians: angels, […]

Wild Lectionary: Wonder and the True Easter Lily

Easter, Year B Acts 10:34-43 Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 John 20:1-18 Mark 16:1-8 By Jessica Miller Across the northeast of North America at this season, a wonder is happening. The flowers of Symplocarpus foetidus have begun emerging and blooming from swamps and wet places. These true Easter-lilies—members of the same family of the Calla […]

Wild Lectionary: Leafy Branches Sunday – Domingo de Ramos

Palm Sunday, Year B Mark 11:1-11 By Carmen Retzlaff The Palm Sunday story in the Gospel of Mark says that Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. (Mark 11:8) The Greek (from Thayer’s Greek Dictionary) is: stiba¿ß; stibas, stibados; a. a spread […]

Wild Lectionary: Purge Me with Hyssop

Lent 5B Psalm 51:7b By Laurel Dykstra The psalmist says “purge me with hyssop” –clean me with a scrubby aromatic plant. Mediterranean Hyssop— Hyssopus officinalis is a pungent-leafed bush with blue flowers that is used medicinally, mostly in teas as an expectorant, antiseptic and for cough relief. But the qualities that the bible ascribes to […]

Wild Lectionary: This Text Bites Back

Lent 4B Numbers 21:4-9 John 3:14-21 By Laurel Dykstra Today’s gospel reading contains perhaps the best-known verse in the bible, certainly the New Testament passage that is known best in modern North America. It begins like this, “For God so Loved the World…

Wild Lectionary: Thoughts from a reluctant farmer

Lent 3B Exodus 20:1-17 John 2:13-22 By Svinda Heinrichs I recently moved from southern Ontario near Toronto to a north-ish rural community near Bancroft, Ontario – north-ish because we are really at the southern end of the north. My partner and I live most of the time in the manse in town, where she is […]

Wild Lectionary: Meeting Myself in the Mountains

Lent 2B Mark 9:2-9 By Casper Zuzek A little over a year ago as I entered the season of lent, I was feeling close to Jesus in a way I never had before. I was attending Catechism classes at my parish while preparing for my impending baptism- a time in my life that would mark […]

Wild Lectionary: God’s Gonna Trouble the Waters

Lent 1B Genesis 9:8-15 Mark 1:9-15 By Lydia Wylie-Kellermann Water flows through our ancient Judeo-Christian texts. Righteousness pours down like a mighty stream (Amos 5:24), and Jesus offers relief to those who thirst (John 4:13–15). Before whales or eagles or humans did, God dwelt among the waters (Gen 1). The creation of heaven and earth […]