The Common Good

Articles By Laurel A. Dykstra

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for November.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for September.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for October.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.
We have returned now to what some churches call “ordinary time,” a designation more to do with the numbering of weeks than a plain or mundane time.
Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost are not three distinct seasons, but rather celebrations of and grapplings with three aspects of Christ’s resurrection and what they mean about Jesus, God, Sp
The books of Luke, Acts, and 1 Peter dominate the readings this month; Peter and Paul are key players.
This month, as we enter the high season of the church year, the common lectionary offers an overwhelming number of biblical passages for our consideration.
Christians tell the same story over and over even though we know how it ends. We dread the execution even as we anticipate the resurrection.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the short days and long nights of winter come with lectionary readings full of references to dark and light.
December 1 is World AIDS Day. Worldwide, 15 million children have lost one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic; in Zimbabwe, one in five children are orphans.
In a time of hardened hearts, the story of Exodus is relevant once again.