Those People (Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 28th, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 13:31-35 Jesus knows his disciples want to go with him, but where he is going, they can’t follow. Instead he commands them to love each other as he has loved them. He reminds them that the way people will recognize them as disciples of Jesus is by how generously they love. First Reading Acts 11:1-18 Peter is criticized for hanging out with uncircumcised gentiles (i.e., non-Jews). God’s command, in a vision to Peter, is … [Read more...]

Are You a Man or a Sheep? (Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 21, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 10:22-30 The Temple in Jerusalem has been dedicated. Jesus is in the temple and some Jewish people there ask him to be straight with them about whether or not he is the Messiah. He says they won’t believe him anyway, but that he is. He uses the sheep/shepherd image to symbolize the relationship between him and his believers. First Reading Acts 9:36-43 Peter is in Joppa and raises Tabitha (AKA, Dorcas) from the dead. Upon … [Read more...]

Feed Me, Seymour: A Search for Real Meaning (Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 14, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 21:1-19 Jesus’ third appearance to the disciples after the resurrection. They’re not catching fish; Jesus tells them to try the other side of the boat and they catch hundreds. First Reading Acts 9:1-6 Paul (called Saul until he converted to Christianity, then renamed Paul), the erstwhile professional Christian assassin, encounters Jesus on the road to Damascus. This is a pretty big deal for Paul, and the turning point after … [Read more...]

Truth or Fact? Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 7th

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 20:19-31 Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes the Holy Spirit into them. He endows them with powers of healing and forgiveness of sin. Thomas wasn’t there and doesn’t believe unless he sees Jesus for himself. Jesus reappears to the disciples and lets Thomas feels his wounds, and says, “Happy are those who haven’t seen and still believe.” First Reading Acts 5:27-32 Disciples are brought before the high priest an … [Read more...]

Resurrection for Dummies: Reflections on the Easter Texts

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Easter Sunday March 31, 2013 ∞ Bible Cliff’s Notes (Or, the Dog Ate My Bible) Gospel: Luke 24:1-12 Jesus’ tomb is empty. The women who discover he’s gone and then Peter are baffled. First Reading: Acts 10:34-43 Peter speaks to Cornelius and a group of Gentiles about the resurrection and about God showing no favor to a particular group of people. Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 The stone rejected by builders is now the foundation stone. Psalmist also rejoices in God’s … [Read more...]

I’m a Loser, Baby: Lectionary Texts for March 24, 2013

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) ∞ Gospel Luke 22:14-23:56 (long/full version) Luke 23:1-49 (short version) Jesus is tried and crucified. First Reading No “first reading” this week. Why? Ask the Lectionary people! But my guess is that it has to do with how long the Gospel text is. The long version is 114 verses. Psalm Psalm 31:9-16 I’m a loser, God. But I trust you. Second Reading Philippians 2:5-11 Empty yourselves out, humble yourself and you … [Read more...]

Get It Together! Lectionary Texts for March 10th

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel Luke 15:1-3 Jesus associates with sinners and tax collectors 11b-32 Story of the Prodigal son. First Reading Joshua 5:9-12 Removing the “disgrace of Egypt” from the Jews. Celebrated Passover in Gilgal. No more manna; eating from the crops of the earth. Psalm Psalm 32 The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven is truly happy. Do not keep silent, but confess your sin to God. Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 We … [Read more...]