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Monday, October 20, 2008

Which Set of Readings?

I have been meditating on this since Sunday afternoon: Do I go with the readings for Proper 25 or for Reformation Day this Sunday (sincer there will be no service on Friday)? Next year is a whole other situation with Reformation Day falling on a Saturday and the likelihood of an afternoon worship service!

The readings for Proper 25 continue the theme from the last couple of Sundays, namely, Jesus' increasing Anfechtung (spiritual attack) at the hands of the chief priests and the Pharisees as they seek to question Him so as to find a legal reason to arrest Him and kill Him.

The readings for Reformation summarize some of the key themes of the movement, namely, that we are justified by faith in Christ and not by doing the works of the law.

Either way, this Sunday will be a celebration of the Reformation at church. I am leaning toward using the readings for Proper 25 to keep the lectionary continuity going as the church year draws to a close. The Matthew 22.34-46 reading has some good themes that can easily be tied into the work of the Reformation.

2 comments:

rev will said...

Hi Pete:

I hear you. I hate to diverge from the lectionary as well. I think whichever way you go you can keep up the continuity of both themes (where we are in the Church Year and Reformation). While I'm going with the Reformation pericopes, I think you're in good shape to continue with the Pentecost 24 pericopes. God's Blessings in your proclamation of the Gospel.

Peter said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Paul.

Last year I did use the Reformation readings for the last Sunday in October. I figured this year I would keep the continuity of the Proper readings and draw in some of the Reformation themes (which I tend to do most Sundays anyway).