First Reading

landscape in Iceland -- streams converging around a volcanic mountain
Commentary on Isaiah 43:1-7

Isaiah 43 is simultaneously a comforting passage describing God’s redemptive love for Israel, and a [...]

golden resin on tree trunk
Commentary on Isaiah 60:1-6

We read Isaiah 60 at Epiphany in part because of the connection between the three [...]

Fig leaf budding out
Commentary on Jeremiah 33:14-16

This lectionary reading introduces the season of Advent, when Christians [...]

tent under starry sky
Commentary on Jeremiah 31:7-14

Jeremiah 31:7-14 is a complex theological text, which prompts the [...]

Mosaic of young Jesus in the Temple
Commentary on 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

In some ways I am tempted to dare you to [...]

Commentary on Isaiah 62:6-12

This reading from Isaiah 62 is filled with striking and preachable bits and pieces. This [...]

Shepherd kneels in front of baby Jesus
Commentary on Isaiah 9:2-7

A “zealous” God. Isaiah 9:2-7 (1-6 in the Hebrew) paints a picture of God’s zealousness, [...]

Stone carving of Mary and Elizabeth touching hands
Commentary on Micah 5:2-5a

As I read Micah 5:2-5a, the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” comes to [...]

water splashing in a pool
Commentary on Zephaniah 3:14-20

For, if it is true that the child was born [...]

Sunrise rays shine over valley
Commentary on Malachi 3:1-4

In Malachi 3:1-4, God announces that he is sending a messenger to prepare for his [...]