Christ the King Redux: Prodigals and Parousias

Luke 15:11-32

By the end of the Year of Luke, most of the Gospel of Luke has been covered by the Revised Common Lectionary, with some exceptions.  For reasons that must seem obvious to the Elves,  Luke’s story of the Prodigal Son is considered on the 4th Sunday in Lent, not at the triumphal and . . . → Read More: Christ the King Redux: Prodigals and Parousias

The Dinner Party

Luke 14:15-24

The parable of the wedding celebration appears in three versions: Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 14:16-24, and Thomas 64:1-12 (see The Five Gospels).  Matthew’s version is the most elaborate, and the most compromised with contemporary First Century Christian concerns.  Jerusalem has been destroyed, along with Jewish temple-centered religious practice; the Romanization of society has brought . . . → Read More: The Dinner Party

Going Viral

Over the next three weeks, as the Christian liturgical year winds down to Christ the King Sunday, these commentaries will be considering three of Luke’s settings of sayings or parables that are never read if the Revised Commonn Lectionary is followed.  The reason the RCL skips these verses is probably because two of them are . . . → Read More: Going Viral

For All the Saints

Text:  Job 19:23-27a; Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Luke 20:27-38;1 Corinthians 15:17-22; 42-44; 54-59

The scriptures for today are suggested by The Revised Common Lectionary, used by most mainline Christian churches, including the Catholics.  I want to look at these scriptures in two contexts.  The first context is the Christian story.  The second context is the the scriptures . . . → Read More: For All the Saints