Posts By: Barbara Klugh

Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/25/15 (22nd Sunday after Pentecost)

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Job restored to prosperity by Laurent de LaHyre (1606-1656). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Our readings this week are about restoration. God restores Job’s life and fortunes, answers the psalmist’s cry for deliverance, Jesus is shown in Hebrews to be the perfect high priest who… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/18/15 (21st Sunday after Pentecost)

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Exhortation to the Apostles by James Tissot (1836-1902). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

By Barbara Klugh  Job 38:1-7,34-41; Psalm 104:1-9,25,37b; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God appears to Job out of a whirlwind, the author of Hebrews presents Jesus’ qualification for the office of high priest, and Jesus redefines the meaning of greatness. Job… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/11/15 (20th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jesus and the Rich Man

By Barbara Klugh  Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Job feels abandoned by God, we learn in Hebrews that Jesus is our great high priest, and Jesus tells us about the dangers of wealth. Job 23:1-9, 16-17:… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/4/15 (19th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Detail from Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck (c.1390-1441). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh  Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Job suffers terribly, but refuses to curse God, the author of Hebrews describes Jesus as uniquely qualified to reveal God, Jesus teaches about divorce and about who… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/27/15 (18th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Christ with Children by Carl Bloch (1834-1890). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh  Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Queen Esther saves her people, James tells us the importance of Christian community, and Jesus tells us to refrain from placing obstacles in the way or other… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/20/15 (17th Sunday after Pentecost)

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The First Shall Be Last by James Tissot (1836-1902). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh  Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:9-13. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we learn the characteristics of a good wife, James advocates learning wisdom from above rather than from the world, and Jesus predicts his passion for the second time…. Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/13/15 (16th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Get Thee Behind Me, Satan by James Tissot (1836-1902). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38. Go to www.lectionarypage.net  to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we are introduced to wisdom, personified as a woman, James teaches about the need to control the tongue, and Jesus begins to prepare his disciples for the fate that… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/6/15 (15th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jesus and the Woman of Canaan by Michael Angelo Immenraet (1621-1683). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Great readings this week: We have words of wisdom from Proverbs, James tells us how to love our neighbor, and Jesus performs an exorcism and a healing. Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23:… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/30/15 (14th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Hesperus by Joseph Noel Paton (1821-1901). Public domain, via Wikipedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh  Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings we see the blessings of love—for another person, for God, and for those less fortunate, and that genuine purity comes from the heart. Song… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/23/15 (13th Sunday after Pentecost)

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King Solomon and the Ark of the Covenant by B.N. Le Sueur, 1747. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh  1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:55-69. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Solomon dedicates the temple, Paul counsels us to put on the whole armor of God, and many of Jesus’ disciples desert him. 1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43: In last week’s… Read more »