This Sunday, the lectionary brings us warnings of God’s judgment, but also fill us with reason to hope in Psalm 90:1-12. If we commit to regularly reading Scripture, we’ll discover the timeless God who gives us proper perspective about life over the long haul.
Today’s vignette from the Life of Christ icon brings us to our Lord’s resurrection. And our readings (Psalm 114, 1 Corinthians 15:19-28, & Luke 24:1-12) remind us because of his rescue, like the children of Israel from Egypt, we have victory over death – no longer bound by false hope.
The vignette from the Life of Christ icon about Lazarus picks up on the event of his being raised from the dead, foreshadowing what is just about to come for Jesus a week from this event. The story in John’s Gospel pops up in the lectionary during Lent (Year C – Week 5) and on the Feast of All Saints (Year B). I chose an abridged form of the latter readings (Psalm 24, Revelation 21:1-6, & John 11:38-44) as they captured the promise of the physical resurrection we anticipate, even as we are spiritually risen with Christ by faith now. I hope you find these readings an encouragement to a deeper life of trust in our Lord!
As we wind down Lent and enter Holy Week, the lectionary presents readings to stoke our hearts’ flames with hope in anticipation of the resurrection! And that hope stirs us to genuinely pursue God’s call to care for people in body as much as soul, and to care for creation as much as people.
Two homiletical endeavors this week. First, this Sunday’s lectionary readings took us through Isaiah’s hopeful promise of salvation for those on the fringes of life.
Second, today, we honored the life and faith of St Francis’ own, Laura Revello at her memorial.