Unlikely Dance Partners: Lament and Hope

First Sunday of Christmas Year A, January 1, 2017
How quickly we move from the celebration and joy of Christmas day to the reality of the world’s brokenness. Yes, it’s a delicate dance between lament and hope, but Christmas isn’t nearly over yet, and we trust that the arc of justice does bend and find fulfillment in Christ. (Photo: semelina, Creative Commons)

The Joy of ‘New’

Lectionary Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C, April 24, 2016
Tired of the same old thing? Not to worry; this is the day to bring on that which is new! After all, everyone can benefit from a little something new, a fresh dose of hope, and a fresh perspective on our ordinary, workaday lives. This Sunday to celebrate the joy of “new.” You have options! (Photo: Pilottage, Creative Commons)

Stewarding and Growing the Faith

Lectionary Reflection for the First Sunday of Christmas, Year C December 27, 2015 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 This Sunday we’ll be only two days out from celebrating Christmas Day in all its […]

Sing a Song of Christmas Joy!

Lectionary Reflection for the First Sunday of Christmas, Year B, December 28, 2014
Perhaps today’s ordinary yet extraordinary story from the scant reporting of Jesus’ childhood is a reminder to us that even in the midst of the ordinary, as Christians we are marked by the extraordinary love and mercy of the Creator of the Cosmos. We dare not forget this fact, even as we work, play, love, eat, and grow. (Photo: Derry Oates, Creative Commons License)

Refugees All

First Sunday of Christmas, Year A, Lectionary Reflection
December 29, 2013
The gospel lesson this week is a particularly tough one coming on the heels of the Christmas story. However, it is one that we should not ignore because it says something critically important about the reality of life and our utter dependence on Jesus, God Incarnate. (Photo: mararie, Creative Commons)

Let All Creation Praise!

First Sunday of Christmas Lectionary Reflection December 30, 2012 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host! Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! […]