Lectionary Meditations

Meditations on this week's lectionary readings from Pr. Eric Brown

Created: January 25th, 2017

Just A Shepherd - A Meditation on John 10:11

Jesus being a shepherd is a familiar idea. It shows up all over the place in the scriptures, in some of the most familiar passages (the 23rd Psalm), or alluded to with some of the most famous people (King David was a shepherd).

Doubting Thomas

Oh great, it's the Sunday where we get to hear about “Doubting Thomas”.  That's how we label him, right?

Easter Confusion?

There was so much confusion.  Mary didn't know what was going on.  She runs to Peter and John for help; they don't know what's going on either.  Even when the angels ask her what's wrong, Mary's still confused.

My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?

Why?  It's a simple enough question to ask.  Why is Christ forsaken upon the Cross?  So that He doesn't forsake you.  As much as we might try to deny it or pretend it isn't real, sin has consequences.  The wages of sin is death. 

The World Doesn't Get It - A Meditation on Psalm 22

The world doesn’t understand the Cross.  The world sees the cross and simply mocks – He saved others, He could not save Himself.  The cross is seen as just a bitter, ironic end.

Your Father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day - A Meditation on John 8:56

Abraham was on his way to worship the Lord, on his way to church as it were.  But it was not necessarily a happy trip.  No, the Lord had required the life of Abraham's son, Isaac.

What Kind of Messiah Do We Want - A Meditation on John 6

Now this was the sort of Messiah the people wanted!  It was great.  Think of all that could happen if you have a King who could just hand out free food whenever you wanted.  The luxury, the ease that we could have!

Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word - A Meditation on Luke 11:14-28

The Finger of God that gives life and salvation has come upon you, even you who come up with foolish excuses to avoid this.

Even The Dogs - A Meditation on Matthew 15:21-28

Yes, Lord – I am a sinner and worthy of nothing, but You are gracious and give me everything!

If You are the Son of God - A Meditation on Matthew 4:6

Satan knows perfectly well who Jesus is. He's not approaching Jesus trying to figure out who or what He is. Satan is operating with a flawed view of what it means to be God.

None of These Things - A Meditation on Luke 18:34

Jesus Christ is not your fairy godmother. He's not a genie in a bottle or a falling star to wish upon. He's not in the business of wish fulfillment.

We Don't Know How God Will Use His Word - A Meditation on Luke 8:4-15

Farmers must cringe when they hear what we normally call the Parable of the Sower.  Seed is rather expensive (at least if you buy good seed), and in this parable so much seed gets seemingly wasted.

God Gives What He Promises - A Meditation on Matthew 20:1-16

God gives what He promises, and He gives generously. That's the major theme of the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.

How Do You See the World? - Meditation for the Transfiguration

How do you see the world? How do you view your life, your job, your friends and neighbors? There's a lot of different ways we can view all these things.

What Sort of Man Is This - Meditation for Epiphany 4

“What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?” The disciples were certainly impressed with Jesus. He had just stood up and rebuked the winds that were roaring on the Sea of Galilee... and they stopped. Things went still. And so they ask, “What sort of man is Jesus?”

What Sort of People Do We Love and Hate (Epiphany 3)

So, what sort of people do you fear and hate? Seriously! If you close your eyes and think of a “bad guy”, what sort of prejudiced thoughts float to the foreground? It's just one of the things we sinful folks do: categorize and vilify people. Sin rears its ugly head once again.