Tag Archives: Year B

Episode 23, Third Sunday After Pentecost, June 10th, 2018



Our readings for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost are, for both tracks, a portion of Mark 3—the confrontation between Jesus and certain scribes come down from Jerusalem—the continuous Epistle reading from 2 Corinthians 4, a portion from 1 Samuel paired with Psalm 138, and for the complementary Track 2 a text from Genesis with Psalm … Continue reading Episode 23, Third Sunday After Pentecost, June 10th, 2018


Episode 22, Second Sunday After Pentecost, June 3rd, 2018



For the first 22 Sundays of the Christian Year–through Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Pentecost and Trinity Sundays—we have followed a consistent lectionary pattern. Easter was an exception given the use of Acts as the first lesson and a roughly continuous reading through 1 John. That pattern involves a first OT reading and Psalm which … Continue reading Episode 22, Second Sunday After Pentecost, June 3rd, 2018


Episode 21, Trinity Sunday, May 27th, 2018



Trinity Sunday is the one Sunday of the year dedicated to the mature confession, following on from the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, that God is three in one, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The collect for the day lines it out: to confess the true faith is to acknowledge … Continue reading Episode 21, Trinity Sunday, May 27th, 2018


Episode 20, Pentecost, May 20th, 2018



For every year of the three year lectionary readings for the Day of Pentecost, the Gospel is taken from John, and those sections in chapters 14-16 dealing with the Holy Spirit. The paraclete, Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, sent by the Father in the Son’s name, who will be present with them as he has been present … Continue reading Episode 20, Pentecost, May 20th, 2018


Episode 19, Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 13th, 2018



We arrive this Sunday at the last set of readings before Pentecost, those chosen for the final, 7th Sunday of the Easter season. In each of the three different lectionary years, portions of John 17 are read on this final Sunday, from what is called Jesus’ High Priestly prayer, as the Gospel reading. A final … Continue reading Episode 19, Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 13th, 2018


Episode 18, Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 6th, 2018



We’ve come to the penultimate Sunday of the Easter season, the sixth Sunday, the week in which Ascension falls. Forty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Next Sunday is the final Sunday before Pentecost. Our lessons come from, as usual, the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10 this week, the final section of the … Continue reading Episode 18, Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 6th, 2018


Episode 17, Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29th, 2018



In the symphony of scripture for the 5th Sunday of Easter, we continue our selected readings from the Acts of the Apostles, joined by portions of First John. As noted before, because Acts is shared across all three lectionary years, the selections are often made intentionally so as to come alongside the other readings; we … Continue reading Episode 17, Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29th, 2018


Episode 16, Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 22nd, 2018



The lessons chosen for the 4th Sunday of Easter are taken from Acts, chapter 4; the 23rd Psalm; First John chapter 3; and the Gospel of John chapter 10. The Gospel reading should alert us that we are moving away from resurrection accounts such as we have had them from the end of the synoptic … Continue reading Episode 16, Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 22nd, 2018


Episode 15, Third Sunday of Easter, April 15th, 2018



As discussed last week, a pattern can be observed in the selection of readings during the Easter season. Instead of a first, OT reading we have selections from the Acts of the Apostles. The second lesson is a semi-continuous reading: from 1 Peter in Year A, Revelation in Year C, and this year, from First … Continue reading Episode 15, Third Sunday of Easter, April 15th, 2018


Episode 14, Second Sunday of Easter, April 8th, 2018



For the crescendo Sundays of Palm Sunday and Easter, the readings chosen and their relationship to each other are straightforward and clear to the point of overflowing. There is a lot of good material to choose from and work with. The symphony soars. Let’s take a moment to look ahead a bit now, as Easter … Continue reading Episode 14, Second Sunday of Easter, April 8th, 2018