First Reading

windswept tree in foggy landscape
Commentary on Isaiah 55:1-9

 Isaiah 55:1-9 comprises most of the final hymn of the exilic portion of Isaiah (chapters [...]

hen and chicks
Commentary on Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

We usually describe Abram’s main problem in this passage as [...]

flat gray stones
Commentary on Deuteronomy 26:1-11

This lectionary reading shows how the people of God understand [...]

figure standing on mountaintop with white clouds behind
Commentary on Exodus 34:29-35

When Moses comes down from meeting with God on Mount Sinai, the text repeatedly notes [...]

grain overflowing into a basket
Commentary on Genesis 45:3-11, 15

Siblings fight. In the book of Genesis, the violence can [...]

band of clouds over horizon
Commentary on Jeremiah 17:5-10

This passage goes to the heart of biblical teaching, standing [...]

Lakeside with sun rising
Commentary on Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-13]

This is a word from the divine in a crisis, [...]

tracks through field of yellow flowers
Commentary on Jeremiah 1:4-10

Jeremiah can join hands across the centuries with Malala and Greta as those who started [...]

table set for feast with sunlight streaming in
Commentary on Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

The reconstituted people of Israel came together on a holy [...]

heart outline in LED lights
Commentary on Isaiah 62:1-5

The opening verses of Isaiah 62 contain a hope of a land fully embraced and [...]