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November 2014
Lectionary Readings

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This interactive demo is designed to give you a taste of what you will actually experience online as a subscriber. The demo lets you sample the resources available for two Sundays prior to today. Click on the Lectionary tab above to see the lectionary readings for every Sunday and festival in the church year. Click on Commentary to read expert commentary on the selected texts. Click on Bible to access the full NRSV. Click on Library to review a list of articles on preaching skills and the challenges of preaching today, including essays from New Proclamation on preaching in the seasons of the church year.

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 16, 2014

Shauna K. Hannan
"The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died." Israel's disobedience was a common occurrence. This time the result is being handed over to the king of Canaan, Jabin, who oppressed them for twenty years until they cried out to the Lord. Mark Throntveit notes that it seems that "as long as the people obeyed God there was progress toward the consolidation of the...  Read more...

Beverly A. Zink-Sawyer
The themes of waiting, watching, and preparedness continue in the readings for this next-to-last Sunday of the liturgical year. Hope for the promised day of the Lord is expressed in both First and Second Testament texts. While that day may "come like a thief in the night," as Paul suggests, those who have been faithful caretakers of God's gifts will be granted the joy of salvation.The struggles...  Read more...

Robert Kysar
As we stand near the end of the long period of the Sundays after Pentecost, these readings offer a multitude of themes interwoven with one another. One possible common theme among them is the responsibility of Christians in the interim between Jesus' ministry and his parousia. Moreover, that responsibility is for justice.This fascinating story presupposes the Deuteronomic view of history sketched...  Read more...

John Paul Heil
Are we ready for the end—either the end of our lives or the end of the world when Christ comes again? Either may happen at any time. We will be ready and "awake" by being reliable, industrious, and enterprising stewards of all that God has given us.The prophet Zephaniah places a surprisingly negative and threatening twist on the otherwise positive and beneficial "Day of the Lord." The Lord God...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
This parable, which has no parallel in the other gospels, includes "all the nations"—Jewish terminology for non-Jews—in the eschatological end of all things. In a development of the gospel's theme of the arrival of the kingdom of heaven,...  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 a Sunday dedicated to Christ as King in 1925. Originally Roman Catholics celebrated Christ the King on the...  Read more...

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