Lectionary Blog

A weekly blog by Anna Claar Thomasson-Rosingh on one of the lectionary readings.

Lectionary Reading Blog for 4 December: 2nd Sunday of Advent

I wonder whether Paul had this verse in mind when he wrote 1Cor. 12: 8 “To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge…” The church as the inheritor of the … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 27 November: 1st Sunday of Advent

“Isaiah saw a word”. This is not a description of reading; it might be a description of understanding. Isaiah describes the word he sees to us in pictures. The introduction claims that the word he saw was about Jerusalem and … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 20 November: Christ The King

A king who dies on a cross and a criminal who is the first to recognise and witness that it is not in spite of the cross but because of the cross that this king is enthroned. Christ is a … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 13 November: 2nd Sunday Before Advent

Scripture never ceases to surprise me: “they will put some of you to death. (…) But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.” (v.16b, 18-19) How can somebody be put to … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 6 November: 3rd Sunday Before Advent

Joel Green in his commentary on Luke (1997, 718) claims that this dispute between the Sadducees and Jesus is about scriptural interpretation. The Sadducees ask Jesus: ‘do you follow Moses’. But Jesus takes the question away from obedience to the … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 30 October: All Saints’ Day

This reading is very difficult for people like me: rich, full (just ate a Sarum lunch – they are good), happy and with a lot of people who speak well of me the ‘woes’ sound a grave warning signal. The … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 23 October: Last Sunday after Trinity

Jesus draws for us the image of a person who is righteous. The Pharisee’s righteousness is not in question, it is impressive. The unrighteousness of the tax-collector is also not in doubt. This is one of those parables where Jesus … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 16 October: 21st Sunday after Trinity

How does Luke dare to compare God with an ‘unjust judge’? Is this not blasphemous in the extreme in scripture? How does that work? Even so, thinking about it, the image of God as someone who neither fears God nor … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 9 October: 20th Sunday after Trinity

Ten men are asked to act in faith and go, as if they are healed, to the priests for the ritual that will change their status in society from outcast and leper to full member and clean. All ten go. … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 2 October: 19th Sunday after Trinity

Why would you want to plant a mulberry tree in the sea? In Matthew (17:20; 21:21) and Mark (11:23) it is not a tree but a mountain that is moved or thrown in the sea. This I understand. There are … Read more

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