Wild Lectionary: Judgment and Joy

Proper 24(29) 20th Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 96 by Calvin Redekop I love to return again to the Scriptures, to those visions seen by the prophets and apostles and singers of Israel about the “peaceful reign of God.” There is a strange concatenation of judgment and celebration in some of the Psalms, especially Psalms 96 […]

Wild Lectionary: We Despised the Pleasant Land

Proper 23(28) 19th Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 106 By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson When you tell the story of your, your family’s, or your community’s journey, what role does the land and its nonhuman creatures play? Central to God’s promise to ancient Israel was a land to call their own, both as a […]

Wild Lectionary: Until there is room for no one but you

Continued from yesterday’s reflections on the lectionary for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 5:8-23 By Ched Myers Isaiah articulates the contemptible socio-economic disparity in Israel. A series of prophetic “woes” (howy) commences in verse 5:8 that extend through 5:23, and the first one summarizes starkly and succinctly all that will follow. The image of  “joining […]

Wild Lectionary: Ecological Theology of the Vineyard

Proper 22 (27) 18th Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 5:1-7 Matthew 21:33-46 By Ched Myers The 18th Sunday after Pentecost this year comes on the heels of the “Season of Creation,” a contemporary liturgical and lectionary movement celebrated during the four Sundays in September prior to St Francis of Assisi Day (4 October). Today’s haftorah—Isaiah’s famous […]

Wild Lectionary: Our Default State is Goodness

Proper 21(26) Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 By the Reverend Doctor Victoria Marie As I reflected on today’s readings the theme that emerged is: our response to God. In the first reading Ezekiel is saying that when we turn away from what is just, we die. When we return […]

Wild Lectionary: The Riff Raff, the Bedbugs, and the Signs

Proper 18(23) Exodus 7-12 By Laurel Dykstra Now you know and I know, that lice, mice, roaches, bed-bugs, and rats are no respecters of persons. They invade the house of Pharaoh, the houses of his officials, and of all his people (Exod 8:21, 10:6); they infest the luxury hotels and the welfare hotels. But when […]

Wild Lectionary: “Fire in the Earth: Burning but Flourishing”

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 17 (22) Exodus 3:1-15 By Rev. Matthew Syrdal “There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it was not consumed… “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your shoes, for […]

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 […]