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First Sunday in Lent
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Commentary
by Samuel Cruz
In this reading of Matthew Jesus describes as “hypocrites” those who engage in charity work, prayer, fasting, and caring for others for the purpose of making an impression before the public ...
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Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Commentary
by Wil Gafney
Joel is a particularly timeless text.
Psalm 51:1-17 Commentary
by Eric Mathis
On Ash Wednesday, people in churches, homes, and streets all over the world will receive ashes, beginning a forty-day period the Christian tradition calls Lent.1
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Commentary
by Lois Malcolm
Today’s reading, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, introduces Lent with a call to reconciliation.
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SB586 - Ash Wednesday
February 14, 2018
Discussion on Revised Common Lectionary texts for Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2018): (Gospel) Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21; (1st Reading) Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; (2nd Reading) 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.