Weekly Readings

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Posts in this section contain the weekly readings for members of St. John Lutheran Church.

October 14, 2018 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you […]

October 7, 2018 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What […]

Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Someone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his […]

Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God […]

Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ […]

Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or […]

September 2, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Now James says […]

Sunday, August 26, 2018 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom can we go?” asks Peter, in words we sometimes sing just before the gospel is read. […]

Sunday, August 19, 2018 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God […]

Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the […]