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November 2015
Lectionary Readings

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Beginning in December 2013, use the new Lectionary Notes tab to go to Gail Ramshaw's insights on the texts in "The Readings in the Bible" and "The Readings on This Day."

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Lectionary 33 / Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 28
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tracy Hartman
The texts for this week focus on times of great change and challenge in the life of the people of God. In 1 Samuel, Israel is about to enter a period of profound transition in governance that will affect every aspect of their lives from this point forward. Daniel, Mark, and part of the Hebrews passage apocalyptically warn believers never to become complacent, for earth-changing events are...  Read more...

David F. Watson
In this passage, Daniel provides an early Jewish articulation of the resurrection of the dead. Michael, Israel's angelic guardian (see also 10:13), will arise, and God's holy people, "everyone who is found written in the book," will be delivered. The book referenced here is the "book of life," mentioned several times in the Old Testament (for example, Exod. 32:32; Ps. 69:28; Isa. 4:3; Mal. 3:16)....  Read more...

Ronald J. Allen
These comments are referred to in those for the first reading for the Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Proper 29.Daniel 7—12 is the last piece of the First Testament to be written (about the time of the Maccabean revolt in 168-165 b.c.e.) and is the most fully developed piece of apocalyptic literature in that Testament. Apocalyptic theology recognizes that evil is pervasive and savage and...  Read more...

Mark I. Wegener
The penultimate Sunday of the church year concludes the cycle of Markan readings. It has been a good run. This least sophisticated, yet most challenging, of the Four Gospels continues to tweak our fascination with Jesus, whom Mark pictures as a hero who is both strong and compassionate, both mysterious and compelling. That image of our hero will not be diminished by his words in today's Gospel....  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
Around the turn of the first century, the fourth evangelist composed a gospel characterized by layered metaphorical conversations about the divine identity of Jesus Christ. As part of John's passion narrative, Pilate and Jesus discuss the meaning of...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
Hoping to celebrate the lordship of Christ in a world of increasingly secular and non-Christian empires, Pope Pius XI inaugurated in 1925 a Sunday dedicated to Christ as king. Originally Roman Catholics celebrated Christ the King on the last...  Read more...

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