Narrative Lectionary

chains hanging in dark room
Commentary on Mark 5:1-20

The story in Mark 5:1–20 is bookended by two simple actions: Jesus steps out of [...]

Sower went out to sow
Commentary on Mark 4:1-34

The first three chapters of Mark are fast-paced and thrilling. The gospel account opens with [...]

Old roof tiles
Commentary on Mark 2:1-22 

The reader is introduced to three scenes in Mark 2:1–22 that deal with different aspects [...]

Flyer on lightpost saying Good News Is Coming
Commentary on Mark 1:1-20

The gospel message is central to understanding the continuity between the Hebrew Bible and the [...]

Shepherd kneels in front of baby Jesus
Commentary on Luke 2:8-20

The image of the angel appearing in the fields with all the glory to announce [...]

You will find a child
Commentary on Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

The selection of Luke in this year’s Narrative Lectionary for [...]

Old man with white beard like Zechariah
Commentary on Luke 1:5-13 [14-25] 57-80

With the story of John the Baptist’s birth, Luke reveals [...]

Jerusalem Temple from 2nd Temple Period
Commentary on Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13

When Cyrus II conquered Babylon, exile had become a multigenerational [...]

Commentary on Isaiah 40:1-11

In a world divided into bordered nation-states, the migration of people tends to trigger feelings [...]

Children playing in the street
Commentary on Jeremiah 33:[10-11] 14-18

The scene is total desolation. Or at least this is [...]