May Day! Second Sunday of Eastertide 2011

Matthew 12:22-37

In the days of the World War I Flying Aces, when French was still the global language, the words “M’Aidez! which means “HELP ME!” became the radio call for disaster (May-Day!).

This week brings the end of April.  April 30 is the eve of Beltaine in the northern and European Celtic wheel of . . . → Read More: May Day! Second Sunday of Eastertide 2011

Reclaiming the Victory: Easter Sunday 2011

Matthew 28:1-10; 1st Corinthians 15

Jesus is seriously dead.  None of the rest of it makes any sense otherwise.

Many – if not most – conservative evangelical and fundamentalist “Bible” churches began the week before Palm Sunday to declare on their billboards that “He is Risen.”  It’s a code.  Everyone knows who “He” is (capital . . . → Read More: Reclaiming the Victory: Easter Sunday 2011

Counter the Culture: Palm Sunday 2011

Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118; Philippians 2:1-18; 2 Corinthians 6:2b-10

The next two weeks will deviate from my linear slog through Matthew to consider the traditional readings for Palm Sunday and Easter, prescribed by the Revised Common Lectionary. See also, Holy Week: An Exploration of the Meaning of Kenosis.

Matthew’s retelling of Mark’s . . . → Read More: Counter the Culture: Palm Sunday 2011

Union Yes! 5th Sunday in Lent, Year A

Matthew 12:1-21; Isaiah 42:1-4;  Daniel 7:13-14

The Elves skip the “Sabbath controversy” in both Matthew and Luke and instead rely on the more complete story told in Mark.  The Jesus Seminar scholars propose that the story in Mark includes a saying that goes back to the historical Jesus, which is much more inclusive, and . . . → Read More: Union Yes! 5th Sunday in Lent, Year A