They will be called oaks of righteousness…
I love that. It is contained in next Sunday’s lectionary readings.
The lectionary is a pattern of Bible readings for the year. Lectionaries take into account the liturgical year, or cycle of Christian holidays and observances.
The Revised Common Lectionary occurs in three year cycles. In each of the three years, one of the first three gospels is heard beginning to end. The remainder, of the books of the New Testament, are heard in whole, or in large part, in each year of the lectionary, as well.
Readings are prescribed for each Sunday including an Old Testament reading, A Psalm, an epistle, and a Gospel reading.
This year, we are on Year B. The gospel readings this year come from Mark. Because Mark is short, the Gospel of John is used to “fill in”.
There are some great things about use of the lectionary:
- · It facilitates inclusion of all three parts of the Gospel story (Old Testament, New Testament, Epistles) and helps one to draw ties running throughout the history of God’s relationship with His people.
- · It encourages speakers, pastors, and teachers to deal with all parts of the Bible…not just those that they are most familiar and comfortable with.
- · People all over the world follow the lectionary. In this day and age, we are closely connected by the web. Being on the same passages at the same time with a huge portion of the world’s Christians, allows us to tap into the insights and experiences of others.
- · There is something powerfully stirring about hearing a reading in church (or at home) that you know is being read on that same Sunday from lecterns, across denominations, all over the world.
The current week’s lectionary readings are always located on the left sidebar of this blog. Click on them, and they will take you to the Bible readings (NRSV).
Have a peaceful week. We're halfway to Christmas! This Sunday: The Pink candle.