Weekly Readings

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

March 8, 2020 – Second Sunday in Lent

by Dan Wilkinson

    During Lent we journey with all those around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. In today’s gospel Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are a given a new birth as children of God. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in […]

    Sunday, March 1, 2020 – First Sunday in Lent

    by Dan Wilkinson

      Today’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey […]

      February 23, 2020 – Transfiguration of Our Lord

      by Dan Wilkinson

        Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On a high mountain Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem. […]

        February 16, 2020 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

        by Dan Wilkinson

          In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We too […]

          February 9, 2020 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

          by Dan Wilkinson

            Light shines in the darkness for the upright, the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let […]

            February 2, 2020 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

            by Dan Wilkinson

              Who are the blessed ones of God? For Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the weakness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who […]

              January 26, 2020 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

              by Dan Wilkinson

                Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, […]