Tag Archives: Discipleship

Maundy Thursday

Many customs have marked the Thursday of Holy Week over the centuries. Originally no Holy Communion was celebrated during the week before Easter, but by the end of the fourth century some areas were holding a celebration on Thursday and … Continue reading

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Year A

Mud and Oil, Light and Understanding 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-14 Come, Spirit of blessing, anoint me with your oil of promise. Do not look upon my appearance, but look at my heart, and choose me … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday: Fast, Pray, Act

We are but dust Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 OR Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 103 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Vestiges of the early church’s experience of public penance still exist in the ceremony … Continue reading

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The Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Year A

The Transfiguration of our Lord Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 2 or Psalm 99 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9 Like Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, it is in those mountaintop, seeing-the-light experiences that we begin to understand what the Lord is calling us … Continue reading

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The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany: Year A

Salt and Light Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) Psalm 112:1-9 (10) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) Matthew 5:13-20 Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. He has come to fulfill the purpose … Continue reading

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The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: Year A

God’s word is proclaimed. God’s way is proclaimed. Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12 The powerful words of Micah are reflected in our call to justice as well as pattern of liturgy. Worship is an act in … Continue reading

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The Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Year A

The calling of the disciples, yesterday and today Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 5-13 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23 We begin to focus on mission, ministry, and discipleship in our readings during this season of Epiphany. Just as Jesus called his … Continue reading

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Advent 3: Year A

The promised day of God is dawning Isaiah 35:1-10 Psalm 146:4-9 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 Advent is also a desert time. But soon joy shall come, as written in this Hebrew traditional song: Joy shall come even to the wilderness, … Continue reading

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Pentecost: Year C, Proper 21

God judges those who neglect the poor and suffering Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 1 Timothy 6:6-19 Luke 16:19-31 The parables of Jesus help us to see things more clearly, with the “eyes of faith.” Jesus wants us to … Continue reading

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Pentecost: Year C, Proper 18

Counting the Cost of Discipleship Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 39:1-5, 12-17 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 The cross has long been the definitive symbol of Christianity and its founder. As early as the 50s of the first century, Paul used “the cross” … Continue reading

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