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March 2015
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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Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Melinda A. Quivik
God's actions in this text may be shocking because the story shows both God's mercy and wrath. God has liberated the Israelites from slavery to the Egyptians where they labored, suffered, starved, and watched their people die, and yet the fact that freedom brings new dangers, discomforts, and uncertainties—even death—causes them to forget the pain of their previous life. Throughout the...  Read more...

Valerie Bridgeman Davis
The passage before us follows the death of Aaron at Mount Hor and its thirty-day mourning period. It also follows several episodes in Numbers that recount the people's grumbling. In the wilderness, the people were persistent complainers. They wanted to be delivered, but they also wanted to be comfortable. They were constantly becoming impatient or disgruntled once they left Egypt. In chapter 11,...  Read more...

Daniel N. Schowalter
The readings for this week capture a variety of moods of the people of God: from tragedy in the desert to joy at the return from exile, from exaltation while entering Jerusalem to speculation on being raised up to heaven, from a miraculous meal on a high place to some of the highest Christology in the New Testament. The imagery of "being raised up" is a common motif throughout the texts for the...  Read more...

Philip H. Pfatteicher
This Sunday used to be known as mid-Lent in the calendar in use before 1969, and traces of the old order remain in several places. The Sunday, sometimes called "refreshment Sunday," marked a lessening of the severity of Lenten discipline. Flowers, which were not permitted to adorn the altar during the rest of Lent, were permitted on this Sunday. In some places, rose vestments were used instead of...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
Chapter 12, the conclusion of what is often called the gospel's book of signs, echoes the call of the disciples in chapter 1 by reference to Philip and Andrew. But now at the turn toward Christ's passion narrative,...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
The end of Lent is near. With the Greeks, we come forward to see Jesus lifted up on the cross, who is drawing the whole world to himself. Our baptism has written the new covenant in our hearts...  Read more...

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