Category Archives: Ordinary Time

The Season after Pentecost: Proper 24, Year A

Power & Authority Exodus 33:12-23 Psalm 99 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:1-15 Today’s Gospel is a timely one, as the gap between rich and poor continues to grow. We are a nation of economic privilege, yet the divide grows larger … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 23, Year A

The Messianic Banquet Exodus 32:1-14 Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 Two parables are in today’s Gospel reading: the invitation to the wedding feast and the wedding garment. The first parable suggests that the Kingdom of God will become … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 22, Year A

Fruits of the Kingdom Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Psalm 19 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 This Sunday we have another parable located in a vineyard. The story is an allegory: the landowner is God, the vineyard is Israel, and the tenants … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 21, Year A

True righteousness Exodus 17:1-17 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 In these days of early autumn the parables of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel seem to pile on, one after the other. They are not only histories of confrontation between … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 20, Year A

God’s gracious compassion and generosity Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 19, Year A

Living in community under God’s dominion over evil and sin. The Collect (BCP 182/233): We ask that God’s Holy Spirit may direct our lives and rule our hearts in all things. Exodus 14:19-31: The Lord saves Israel from the Egyptians … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 18, Year A

Conflict and Forgiveness Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. We live in a world of conflict, just as Jesus and his followers did. At the center of any … Continue reading

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