Wild Lectionary: The Voice Crying, “Out in the Wilderness, Prepare the Way”

December 10, 2017 Advent 2B Isaiah 40:3 A voice cries out: “In the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD… 2Peter 3:10-13 …and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed…waiting for […]

Wild Lectionary: Learn from the Fig Tree

Advent 1B Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 By Jessica Miller Many years ago, on a prairie in Michigan, I became a student of the landscape. Officially, I tracked phenology, or the study of seasonal phenomena. Mostly I would wander the tall grass, seeking changes in the flowers. Who is blooming? […]

Wild Lectionary: Soothe the Earth and Heal the Waters

Feast of Christ the King Ezekiel 34.11-12, 15-17 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 By Victoria Marie Today is the feast of Christ the King or Reign of Christ Sunday. The mental images that the words “king” and “reign” bring to mind are based on our knowledge of the actions of kings and political leaders.  […]

Wild Lectionary: Look to the Acorns

Proper 28(33) A Pentecost + 24 Matthew 25:14-30 By Ragan Sutterfield I have been spending my mornings in the woods lately, a short hike before I begin to work on the tasks of the day. As fall finally arrives here in Arkansas the juncos have returned, twittering as they flash the white of their tails, […]

Wild Lectionary: Letting it flow down the creek

Proper 27(32)A Pentecost + 23 I Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25: 1-13 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know the day or the hour. (Mt 25:13) …so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. (1 Th 4:13) By Andrew Hudson I’m an empty-nester, twice over. I sent my son off […]

Wild Lectionary: Parting the Water or Crossing Over, The Trouble Remains

By Edward Sloane Proper 26 (31) Joshua 3: 7-17 The movement of crossing-over offers a theologically rich metaphor, but one that is not without troubles. The Israelites crossed-over the Red Sea and the Jordan River to establish a Promised Land; Jesus crossed over from death in the resurrection; the colonization of indigenous communities and the […]

Wild Lectionary: Who Is My Neighbor?

Proper 25 (30) Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 22:34-46 By Laurel Dykstra In today’s Gospel when asked about the greatest of all the commandments, Jesus’ reply is simple, “love God, love your neighbor.” In Luke, this same exchange is followed by the question, “who is my neighbor?” which Jesus answers with the parable of the […]

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 […]