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.

Things become new, victories celebrated, living set in a heavenly light – God’s work of resurrection.

"Clean out the old yeast… for our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed." (I Corinthians 5:7)


As the season of Lent nears its end, the minds of the faithful awaken to resurrection to a new life in the Spirit.

The God who knows the hearts of mortals sends an Anointed One to bring sight to those who have not seen.

Lent is a time of trial and testing, when God provides water and a discipline for new life.

Abraham responded to God’s promise with complete faith, but not all can accept such a divine challenge.

Humans encounter the resistances and defeats of the world as the burdens of sin, but the Servant shows a way beyond temptation.

In a world darkened by sin, prayers of confession and pleas for forgiveness are the acceptable sacrifices to God.

The work of God’s Servant conceals a divine glory and sanction, only momentarily glimpsed by the chosen ones.


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