Posts By: Barbara Klugh

Engaging the Word: Readings for 3/13/16 (The Fifth Sunday in Lent)

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The Anointing of Jesus. Window at St. Pierre Church, Druex, France. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh  Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God promised to deliver his people from exile in Babylon, Paul realized living according to the law was worthless compared to the great gift of knowing Jesus Christ, and Mary… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 3/6/16 (The Fourth Sunday in Lent)

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The return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt (1642). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh  Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. . Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the Israelites celebrate their first Passover in the Promised Land, Paul reminds us that we are ambassadors for Christ, and Jesus tells the parable of the Prodigal Son…. Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/28/16 (The Third Sunday in Lent)

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God appears to Moses in Burning Bush by Eugene Pluchart, 1848. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9. . Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings God calls Moses from a burning bush, Paul warns the Corinthians and us to resist temptation, and Jesus tells us to repent or perish. Exodus 3:1-15: Earlier… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/21/16 (The Second Sunday in Lent)

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Abraham contemplates the stars by Ephraim Moses Lilien, 1908. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God makes a Covenant with Abram, Paul exhorts us to “stand firm in the Lord,” and Jesus grieves for Jerusalem, the city that will destroy him. Genesis 15:1-12,… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/14/16 (The First Sunday in Lent)

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Harvest in Provence by Vincent van Gogh (1888). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Lent (literally “springtime”) is the time when we Christians symbolically go into the wilderness with Jesus for forty days. We are called to contemplate the life of Jesus, his path of service… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/7/16 (The Last Sunday after the Epiphany)

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Transfiguration by A. A. Ivanov (1806-1858). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is often known as Transfiguration Sunday because we always read the amazing story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. Our readings this week inform… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/31/16 (The 4th Sunday after the Epiphany)

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Faith, hope, and charity (love) by J.S. von Carolsfeld. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings challenge us to think about how would we respond to God’s call, when God is asking us to do something really, really hard. Jeremiah 1:4-10: Jeremiah was born into a… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/24/16 (The 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany)

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He who is of God hears the Word of God by James Tissot (1836-1902). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings celebrate the Word of God as found in the scriptures, in nature, in the body of Christ, and in the identity of Jesus himself. Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6,… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/17/16 (The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany)

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Marriage at Cana by Giotto (1266-1337). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah predicts the restoration and vindication of Israel, Paul discusses spiritual gifts, and Jesus changes water into wine. Isaiah 62:1-5: The Book of Isaiah is commonly divided into… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/10/16 (The 1st Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord)

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The Adoration of the Magi by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings we can grasp the power of the Holy Spirit expressed in different times and circumstances. Epiphany: The word Epiphany comes from the Greek, meaning “to show forth” or… Read more »