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.

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.

Even after God’s great redemptive deeds, the faithful live on in the world, challenged to be faithful and prepared.

God’s awesome deeds create leaders, but titles and pomp are not for the Lord’s humble servants.

Moses was an awesome servant of God; later generations would imitate his caring and revere the Commandments he delivered.

Thoughtful folks pondered how God was present to Moses, and Jesus expected people to distinguish God’s stuff from the Emperor’s.

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