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 liturgical year begins with visions that place the world under God’s judgment, visions that shape attitudes by which the faithful may live in the present.

At the end of the liturgical year, the faithful hear the promise of the Reign of Christ.

People of faith hear about paradise or salvation on earth, but also about work and watchfulness before the great time.

A new temple and a new life call the faithful to work.

The righteous ones who wait for God’s justice will be justified by their faith.

The spirit of the Lord crosses boundaries of age, class, and gender, humbling the proud and pronouncing the humble righteous.

Responsible people need hearts that are transformed by God’s instruction and persistence to demand the reign of righteousness.

Exile (Diaspora) carries God’s blessing to the nations, and the suffering of the elect advances the message of new life.

God’s servants agonize over the pain of God’s judgment, but also learn to be humble in the Lord’s work.

And what of the future – land is purchased in a devastated region, wealth is on the wrong side of a terrible abyss.


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