Revised Common Lectionary: Swords and Sparrows

This Sunday’s Gospel texts ranks high on my list of “things I wish Jesus never said.” Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword… and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. This is not the passage to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Mourning into Joy

Somehow I landed both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (U.S. holidays) on the schedule of Revised Common Lectionary posts this year. Lord have mercy! Note to self: avoid the RCL posts on these holidays next year, ha! Note to reader: see the end of this post for particular reflections about Father’s Day. I love the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: We are Not Left to our own Devices

There is something within us that resists limitations and authority. We don’t like to admit that we have so little control over our lives and that humanity is not the ultimate authority on much of anything. I’ve been thinking about something I read many years ago by Peggy Way. She wrote about “the fact of… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Still Easter!

As we approach the end of the Easter season, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us to John 14. Whether it’s irony or the work of the Spirit, these verses are some of the most popular funeral texts. That was perhaps more true for last Sunday’s reading, but this week’s is part of the same passage… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Easter Revisited

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! And this is just as true the Sunday after Easter as it was on Easter itself, with all the flowers and choirs and trumpets and bonus worshippers and long-awaited Hallelujahs! Most of us are celebrating the Resurrection this week with less of the bells and whistles, and with… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Easter Sunday

Preachers, if you are still working on Holy Week sermons and reflections, you’re in good company — we’re 11th hour pros here at RevGalBlogPals! Here’s our Holy Week lectionary post that you can check out and comment on as you prep for worship. For Easter preachers working with the Revised Common Lectionary, you have a plethora of scripture available… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: New Life

On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us the raising of Lazarus and the reanimation of dry bones in Ezekiel. While it’s easy to see why the two stories are paired together, there are significant differences. Lazarus is raised from the dead and can serve as protector and provider to his… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Hardened Hearts

What makes for a hardened heart? Consider, for example, all of the life junctures and experiences captured by Romans 5:1-11 (from this week’s Revised Common Lectionary texts) that can lead us to harden our hearts: Suffering, instead of producing endurance, can produce a bitter or jealous heart. Endurance, instead of producing character, can lead to… Read More