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Ordinary 10C (Proper 5C)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RC)

  • Peace on Justice

    by Barbara Born
  • Ordinary 10

    from the Carmelites
  • Ordinary 10

    from the Center for Liturgy
  • Surprise!

    by John Foley, SJ
    I would like to give you the gift of a poem by the great Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, on this very subject. I remember my childhood when the sunrise, like my play-fellow, would burst in to my bedside with its daily surprise of morning; when the faith in the marvelous bloomed like fresh flowers in my heart every day, looking into the face of the world in simple gladness; when insects, birds and beasts, the common weeds, grass and the clouds had their fullest value of wonder; when the patter of rain at night brought dreams from the fairyland, and mother's voice in the evening gave meaning to the stars. And then I think of death, and the rise of the curtain and the new morning and my life awakened in its fresh surprise of love.
  • Scripture in Depth

    by Reginald Fuller
  • Ordinary 10

    by Larry Gillick, SJ
  • Compassion Can Transform Our Society

    by Thomas Gumbleton
    Perhaps you read this week in the Detroit Free Press the beautiful article by Mitch Albom where he demonstrates exactly what I'm talking about -- having compassion. A state legislator has proposed legislation that would make it a crime for someone to ask for help from passersby on the street. We're all aware that there are poor people throughout our city, our whole community, people who simply don't have what they need -- food, drink, clothing, and shelter. This legislator wants to make it a criminal act for such a person to seek help from those of us who have what we need. Mitch Albom describes his own interaction with one of these people on a street corner who is asking for help. But he makes sure that he doesn't just wave at the person or pass by without even acknowledging it. He stops and he talks; he gets to know the person. This is showing compassion, entering into the life experience of another person.
  • Triumph Over Death

    by John Kavanaugh, SJ
  • Ordinary 10

    by Eugene Lobo, SJ
  • Mercy's Healing

    by John Martens
  • Ordinary 10

    by Edward Mazich, OSB
  • Bible Study

    by John Noone
  • Firsthand

    from Presentation Ministries
  • Some Personal Mini-Creeds

    by Ron Rolheiser, OMI
    "Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic." - Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, in a letter to the people of Canada, just before dying of cancer. • "The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through. It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds deeply than to understand them, better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them. The choice you face constantly is whether you are taking your wounds to your head or your heart." - Henri Nouwen, journaling while working through a clinical depression. (and several others)
  • Commentary

    by Patricia Sanchez
  • Ordinary 10

    by Jan Schnack
  • First Impressions

    by Jude Siciliano, OP
  • Bible Study

    by Thomas Welbers

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2016)

  • Lectionary Commentary

    by Norman Beck
  • God Making the Impossible Possible

    Lectiocast with Bryan Berghoef and Daniel Kirk
  • Lectionary Resources

    by David Beswick
  • Called from Death to Life

    by Sharron Blezard
  • The Miracle of the Mundane

    by Dan Clendenin
    While we wish for signs and wonders, for the parting of the seas, for the lightening bolt of a Damascus road conversion, we risk missing the miracle of the mundane, says Thomas Lynch. Like our friends and family who show up when we need them, "the ones who have known us all along." Like the paralytic's friends in the gospel, or the widow who helped Elijah, these ordinary, obscure, and unsung people, says Lynch, "do their parts to get us where we need to go, within earshot and arm's reach of our healing, the earthbound, everyday miracle of forbearance and forgiveness, the help in dark times to light the way; the ones who show up when there is trouble to save us from our hobbled, heart-wrecked selves."
  • Proper 5C

    by Bob Eldan
  • God Gives Enough

    by Jane Anne Ferguson
  • Bible Study

    by Donald Griffin
  • Ordinary 10

    by John Edward Harris
  • Commentary

    by Chris Haslam
  • The Preacher's Study

    by John W. B. Hill
  • Starters for Sunday

    by Robin Hill
  • Proper 5C

    by Michael Hiller
  • Lectionary Podcast

    with Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis and Matt Skinner
  • Green and Growing

    by Shannon Kelly
    The Practice of Prensence, is a book about Brother Lawrence, a Carmelite monk who lived in the 17th century. People are fascinated, mystified and intrigued by this man because he simply lived every moment with God and lived every moment acting out of God’s presence in his life. He was assigned to work in the kitchen of the monastery, not anything that he was particularly good at, but did it with faithfulness and with a mind toward God. There was not anything that was beneath him because there was no task that was too mundane or routine as each thing was a medium for God’s love. For him, it was not about how sacred or important the task, but more about the motivation behind the task.
  • Evangelectionary (2016)

    by Bruce Laverman
  • Bible Study

    by Robert Linthicum
  • The Gates of the City

    by Andrew Prior
  • Sons of Widows

    from Revgalblogpals
  • Proper 5C

    from Sacra Conversazione
    Paul Ricoeur reconsiders the biblical origins of the power of spoken words of hope in impossible situations in his collection of essays gathered together in Figuring the Sacred: Religion, Narrative and Imagination. He writes: “For seen from the standpoint of hope, life is not only the contrary but the denial of death; this denial relies on signs, not on proofs. It interprets in a creative way the sign of the superabundance of life in spite of the evidence of death.” He then adds a personal note: “For my part I should say that freedom is the capacity to live according to the paradoxical law of superabundance, of denying death and asserting the excess of sense over non-sense in desperate situations.”
  • Widows and Prophets

    by Eric Smith
  • Proper 5

    by Wesley White
  • Resources

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2013 to 2015)

(Resources listed here reference more than one reading and are normally shorter than the resources listed under the individual texts above. If you are looking to link the readings, check these resources.)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2010 to 2012)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(Archives)

Music Suggestions

Prayers of the People

Worship Resources (2016)

Worship Resources (2013 to 2015)

Worship Resources (2010 to 2012)

Worship Resources (Archives)

Powerpoint, Images and Clip Art for Worship

  • Clip Art

    from Cruzblanca
  • Bulletin Cover

    by Sharon Geiser
  • Images for Worship

    from Jean and Alexander Heard Art Library
  • Concerning Widows

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Lucas Cranach (the Younger) created a painting as much as the portrait of a town as the telling of the story from scripture. At the bottom of the painting are the mother and son and Jesus. A procession of women in black have followed the grieving mother and will bear witness to what Jesus does. Cranach has depicted the women with their mouths covered. They are similar to the figure of Katharina von Bora Luther (Martin Luther's widow). In the colored woodcut she wears a black cloak and carries a prayerbook. Across her mouth is a binding strip that is connected to her head covering. The (presumably linen) strip, which is similar to the ones worn by the widows in Cranach's painting, has been hypothesized to refer to the silence expected of widows
  • Clip Art

    from Misioneros Del Sagrado Corazón
  • Rise

    Image for Worship by Jan Richardson
  • Lectionary Cartoon (Luke)

    by James Wetzstein