Biblical Words

Biblical Words—Lectionary Studies

Jay Wilcoxen spent twenty years teaching Bible at the University of Chicago, before becoming involved in hospital management and finances. In the tradition of the Apostle Matthew, Jay combined accounting and scripture interpreting in his years at Protestants for the Common Good, and in retirement he stills cheers for the causes at Community Renewal Society. Jay's mission is to listen for a Christian Progressive message in the plain and direct sense of the Lectionary readings.

The baptism of Jesus is a moment in the life of God’s Spirit with the world.

Epiphany is light to the nations, whose sages come to find a king, and who hear of their inclusion in the good news.

In the fullness of time God grants joy to those seeking the Consolation of Israel.

An ecstatic declaration rings out about a Messiah—to oppressed people and to working shepherds.

God’s promise to David sends a mystery into the world that could become very intimate and personal.

Those who mourn shall be comforted--by the coming of the Anointed One.

Out of judgment there comes a voice, which prepares the Way.

The suffering ones cry out, How long O Lord? Advent begins with God’s judgment on a world of oppression, greed, and violence.

God’s special care is for the lost sheep, “the least of these,” to whom God sends the good shepherd, Christ the King.

People of faith live in times of Waiting--in oppression, in repentance, in newly awakened hope, in responsibility for time and talent.

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