Who’s talking about this week’s readings from Scripture?

Lectionary ReflectionsAre you looking for interpretations or alternative views on this week’s lectionary texts? Are you doing research on a text coming up in the future?

I explained in my last post how a lectionary guides worship planning in many Christian congregations and how I have been collecting links to various commentary on these passages. I hope this article will help you better access and utilize the Lectionary Reflections I have collected for your benefit and the benefit of your congregation or other group.

The most recent articles I’ve found are shown at the top of the page. Typically these will be articles for the upcoming Sunday or other nearby weeks or Holy Days.

However, you may also want to look for some relevant material that was posted much earlier, whether because it was posted for a previous year or you are looking for commentary on a week that is in a different part of the current year.

LectionaryScoopTagsI have tagged each article with the assigned Sunday or holiday as well as the book and type of reading it covers. This means you can search for specific references.

To begin a search, click on the funnel icon in the upper right-hand corner of the website. It will pull up a long list of tags as well as a box for you to type a keyword.

Let’s say you want to read commentary for Transfiguration Sunday. You will notice when you scroll down the list of tags that there is a tag for Transfiguration A and Transfiguration C. This is because the lectionary is a three-year cycle. Right now we are in year A of the cycle. Select Transfiguration A, and you will see all the posts related to that Sunday.

Perhaps you are not following the lectionary, but are doing research on the book of Hosea. Select that tag and find all the posts related to that book. You may also use the keyword box when searching for items not in the tags.

I hope you find this tool useful whether you use it for personal reflection or for sermon preparation. Feel free to share the useful posts you find or click the Follow button in the upper left in order to stay informed about new posts.

Let me know what you think. I would be happy to make this site more useful for you.

Reading the Bible from a common lectionary

Lectionary TwitterEach week many preachers from many Christian denominations discuss the same passages from Scripture. This happens because they all follow a lectionary, a set schedule of readings for each Sunday or holiday in the Christian year.

Most who follow a pattern of readings use the Revised Common Lectionary. It is a three-year cycle that begins with Advent and typically includes four readings for each Sunday.

There is usually a reading from the Book of Psalms, another Old Testament reading, a reading from one of the four Gospels, and another New Testament reading. Preachers and worship leaders following the lectionary may choose one or more of these passages to preach on and/or have read during the service.

I have been tweeting excerpts from each lectionary passage for about five years. For the past couple years, I have also been collecting links to commentary and other web posts related to the upcoming week’s readings.

You can view these links at my Lectionary Reflections page. Typically you will find the most recent postings and commentary on the upcoming week at the top of the page. I will explain a little more about how to use this site in my next post.