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.

In Bethlehem, ancient prophecies and songs of victory are given for those who wait for God’s deliverance.

Advent means the mother city pregnant with hope, and reforming prophets preparing for a Lord of peace.

Advent knows of Messengers, who appear with world-encompassing warnings.

Advent looks for a leader who, through great adversity, stands for hope and a just world to come.

At year’s end, Christian thoughts turn to words beyond our current trials, to words about the Reign of Christ.

Prayers and songs of the faithful and routine priestly services anticipate the world changes expected of God’s Anointed One.

The widows, by God’s grace, find redeemers, in spite of the pride and prejudices of the great.

Migrants and pilgrims, in old lands and new, find renewal and liberation in their journeys.

Beyond trials and tests, God finds new ways to bring mercy and to lead faithful people toward a greater city.

Whether to Job or to Jesus in Gethsemane, God’s reply to prayer may be continued suffering and a life of serving.


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