Lectionary Haiku 28 February 2022

Yearning for vindication against mocking injustice burns in the Psalmist’s heart. Elaborate and precise instructions are given for constructing the portable tent of God’s presence amongst the desert wandering Israelites. A vision and a dream bring a Hebrew fisher and a Roman military commander to what promises to be a freshly enlightening meeting of mind,Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 28 February 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 27 February 2022

Transfiguration Sunday What a conflicted day on the church calendar! It climaxes the season of Epiphany that celebrates the full glorious manifestation of the divine in Creation and in the coming of the Christ. It heralds the imminent season of Lent, the journey of penitence to the Cross. In a greater, more ancient context itContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 27 February 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 26 February 2022

The escalating crisis in Ukraine cries out for a Psalm-like orientation as sovereignty demands compete. Psalm 99 does not disappoint. Moses descended the mountain bearing the perfect rule for human society, but his people had abandoned its Source before he even reached level ground. Today we feel his frustration at the futility of it all.Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 26 February 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 25 February 2022

The Psalm keeps God’s people oriented. Moses prepares his people to occupy the land, not with hubris, but humility. Then a tale of the bridging of the chasm between Jew and Gentile begins Psalm 99 There is a sure planWhen forgetting remembranceRelive your story +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Deuteronomy 9:6-14 You think your laurelsHave won you this fineContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 25 February 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 24 Feb 2022

There is a context in which remorse is expressed – either despair or confidence in having another go. Our texts today offer such confidence through the Psalm. Meanwhile, the wandering tribe of Israel pauses on the brink of occupation against hostile tribes while being reminded of the nature of their backing. Peter and John callContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 24 Feb 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 23 Feb 2022

An earlier media debate today contested secular vs religious influences on the degree to which individual rights have risen against the common good. Our set texts may offer some nuance. The Psalm continues its remorse. We peek into the strict rules of maintaining holy order within a dedicated tribal society, with some surprising concessions. JesusContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 23 Feb 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 22 Feb 2022

Stay with the Psalm as uncomfortable as it is. Remorse isn’t pretty but it’s plentiful in today’s readings! David and Saul from their regret at trying to kill each other and what amounts to a passive food fight over the Lord’s Supper in Corinth! Lord have mercy! Psalm 38 My pain stays with meI stumbleContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 22 Feb 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 21 Feb 2022

The Psalmist’s penitent lament, the ancient and elaborate reconciliation rites of two estranged brothers, and the apostle’s household etiquette reasoning sound strange to our ears. Nevertheless, is Paul dismissive when he concludes, “But if anyone is disposed to be contentious—we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God?” Psalm 38 Deep remorse andContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 21 Feb 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 20 Feb 2022

These are the texts you may hear in church this morning, folks. There are four today, and that Psalm keeps repeating but adds a little more. Joseph reveals himself as the long-disappeared brother, now well-placed to save his people from famine. Paul wrestles to articulate the duality of the resurrected body and Luke takes usContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 20 Feb 2022”