Weekly Lectionary Scripture

Weekly Lectionary Scripture

Each week we explore a scripture passage based on the lectionary.

  • Exploring the Scripture Last week’s text laid the foundation for humble ministry as an extension of Christ’s light and presenting fortitude and faith as victorious over afflictions. In this week’s passage, Paul presents eternal life as the supreme…
  • Exploring the Scripture Second Corinthians may have originated as two or three letters, later compiled into one. The first nine chapters may come from one letter, or chapters 8–9 may represent a second letter. Paul outlines the nature of Christian…
  • Exploring the Scripture Verse 12 begins by declaring that we are “debtors.” Debt is considered to have negative connotations. However, in this case, it is presented as something to celebrate because our debt is to God. As a way of contrast, Paul…
  • Exploring the Scripture Our scripture passage from Romans 8 does not contain images we usually associate with Pentecost. There are no stories of wind, fiery tongues resting on people, or different nationalities speaking multiple languages and…
  • Exploring the Scripture Today’s passage is part of the longer account in Luke 24 that includes the empty tomb and the encounter of two disciples with Christ on the road to Emmaus. These stories are in harmony with Luke’s entire message that Jesus has…
  • Exploring the Scripture There is little consensus among scholars about who wrote the three letters of John, but they generally agree the letters were written in Ephesus, between 95–110 CE, mainly to Gentile believers. Most scholars also agree the…
  • Exploring the Scripture Today’s text comes from one of three short letters bearing the name of John. For centuries, the letter was assumed to have been written by the apostle who knew Jesus personally. However, scholars have decided 1 John was…
  • Exploring the Scripture Most likely, the first letter of John is a commentary on the main themes of the Gospel of John. This letter was likely written to a group united in believing that the Word was God. However, they were divided about the…
  • Exploring the Scripture In the scripture passages for today, there is the great theme that God’s faithful presence continues in Jesus’ resurrection. The author, Luke, clearly presents the resurrected Jesus as one who has a physical body and walks…
  • Exploring the Scripture The author of John’s first letter reminds us of God’s generous grace revealed in Christ Jesus and our call as disciples to live ethically. Faithful interpretation and responsible application of this text invite exploration of…