Wild Lectionary: Joseph—God’s Agent or Agent of Empire?

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 15(20) “God has made me lord of all Egypt…” Joseph, son of Jacob (Gen 45.9) “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” Paul of Tarsus (Rom 8.19) By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson A decade or so ago, we spent two […]

Wild Lectionary: The mixology of Faith and Fear

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 14 (19) 1 Kings 19:9-18 & Matthew 14:22-33 [Elijah] answered “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, […]

Wild Lectionary: Come to the Waters

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 13 (18) Isaiah 55:1-5 By Wendy Janzen  “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…” Canada is a land of abundant fresh water. Ontario, the province in which I live, contains one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water. Ontarians love our lakes and rivers. This summer has been […]

Wild Lectionary: Kingdom Like a Seed

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost Proper 12(17) Matthew 13:31-32 This week’s Wild Lectionary offers two different but complimentary takes on the seed parables. The first is a host of resources –devotions, bible studies, children’s curricula, adult education material etc. prepared by A Rocha Canada for churches that are new to engaging with creation care. The free […]

Wild Lectionary: Earthkeepers

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Proper 11 (16) Romans 8:12-25 By Nelson Lee I am an engineer working to address climate change, writing from the Coast Salish Seas where the city of Vancouver, BC has been established. First son of a refugee from China and an immigrant from Germany, both fleeing war.

Wild Lectionary: The Good Seed

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 10 (15) Ps. 65:9-13; Is. 55:10-13; Mt. 13:1-9, 18-23 By Jason Wood Seeds, seeds, seeds. Three of six of the appointed texts for today talk about them. The Psalmist refers to seeds implicitly, praising YHWH as the source of life-giving rains, fertile fields, and abundant harvests. Isaiah meditates upon seeds […]

Wild Lectionary: Seeking at the Essence

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 9 (14) Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 By Judith Doll Water – the essence of life. It is absolutely necessary for all living things to survive and has been since the beginning of time. Water – Where does it come from? From the rain, falling from the heavens; from the streams, […]

Wild Lectionary: Reintegrating God in Everything

By Naim Edwards (This post is a Bonus Wild Lectionary Reflection from the readings a month ago) The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed […]

Wild Lectionary: Our Mortal Bodies Are a Part of the Whole of Creation

Proper 8, Year A, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary 13 Romans 6:12-23 By Carmen Retzlaff Many readers and hearers over the centuries have struggled with, or at least wondered about, Paul’s apparent condescension toward the physical body. It comes into question again in this passage from the letter to the Christian community in Rome.

Wild Lectionary: She Saw a Well of Water

Proper 7, Season After Pentecost Genesis 21:8-21 The biblical portrait(s) of Hagar include surrogacy, power, African identity, patriarchal family, enslavement, physical violence, pregnancy, migration, wilderness, water and the naming of God as one who sees. These are hard subjects and it would be easy to preach on another text. But when migrant bodies, mothers and […]