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 witnesses to the resurrection find new life in the community ([_koinonia_]) of the forgiven.

The story of Jesus is retold as gospel (good news) by witnesses of his resurrection.

The following comments are based on a strict reading of the Passion narrative in Mark. They avoid any attempt to harmonize Mark with the other Gospels, and they do not seek to reconstruct any actual history of the last night and day of Jesus’ life. What we have in Mark’s Passion is one of the ways second-generation Greek-speaking Christians told the story of the Passion as it seemed right and important to them. (On Jesus and the Gospels generally, see James D.G. Dunn’s most recent summary in _Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels, Eerdmans._ 2011.)

Those who have waited for salvation welcome joyfully the coming king.

The Passion of the Lord sealed a New Covenant, to be realized through the suffering of the faithful one.

Healing may have mysterious depths, but redeemed ones give thanks for a way to new life.

Preparation for the Lord’s passion includes hearing God’s Commandments--also, revisiting God’s Temple.

The preparation for the Lord’s passion continues for those of Abraham’s covenant.

The preparation for the Lord’s passion begins with Noah--and baptism through the flood.

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


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