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...]

You’d Better Recognize: Lectionary Texts for March 17, 2013

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive oil. First Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 I’m doing a new thing; don’t you recognize it? Psalm Psalm 126 God, change our circumstances for the better. Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts. Second Reading Philippians 3:4b-14 Forget what’s behind; reach ahead. Lose everything you have for the sake of Christ. ∞ WTF? (Breaking down … [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...]