Ayn Rand, Cheap Grace, and the Tea Party – Proper 13, Year A

Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Matthew’s parable of the workers in the vineyard is a harvest story, dealt with by the Elves around the time of the Fall Equinox.  (See the original Revised Common Lectionary blog.)  As usual, Matthew’s pious comment at the end (“The last will be first and the first last”), while it seems . . . → Read More: Ayn Rand, Cheap Grace, and the Tea Party – Proper 13, Year A

Jesus said WHAT? – Proper 12, Year A

Matthew 19; 1 Corinthians 7

For his chapter 19, the writer of Matthew rewrote Mark 10, which is well covered by the Elves in Year B, cobbles together rules for divorce; the admonition not to prevent children to come to Jesus; the plight of the rich young ruler who was reluctant to give up his . . . → Read More: Jesus said WHAT? – Proper 12, Year A

Debt and Forgiveness: Proper 11, Year A

Matthew 18:15-35

While the Elves are playing catch-up, anyone reading straight through Matthew can see that the part of the story considered last week leads directly from the tricks and traps of civilized life to the need for forgiveness.  Matthew recommends to his community that if someone does you wrong, first sort it out between . . . → Read More: Debt and Forgiveness: Proper 11, Year A

The Millstone Trap – Proper 10, Year A

Matthew 18:1-14

This section of Matthew’s gospel is never considered by the Revised Common Lectionary, probably because it is thoroughly covered in Year B when considering Mark’s vignette about children being prevented from interacting with Jesus.  Matthew seems to be attempting to run with some kind of metaphor about evil people who cause children to . . . → Read More: The Millstone Trap – Proper 10, Year A