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Daily Readings for April 1, 2018 (Easter: Resurrection of the Lord)

Posted on April 1, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

In the reading today from Acts, Peter shares the Gospel – the Good News, the proclamation of good tidings – that Jesus was anointed by God (i.e., God’s Messiah) and that God has raised Jesus from the dead as a sign that he has been given authority as Lord. This is the Good News that […]

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Daily Readings for March 31-April 1 2018 (Easter Vigil)

Posted on March 31, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

The Easter Vigil is observed by many churches that have a high liturgical tradition. In these churches, the Vigil is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day. As night gives way to day, it becomes the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. The reading […]

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Daily Readings for March 31, 2018 (Holy Saturday)

Posted on March 31, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Holy Saturday obviously does not capture the Christian imagination like either of the days surrounding it. In many Christian traditions, the day has been relatively neglected. However, in recent times there has been increased attention paid to the question this day raises. What should it mean to Christians to contemplate a day in which God […]

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Daily Readings for March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)

Posted on March 30, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Good Friday is the most solemn day of the Christian calendar. It is in every way an antidote to a view of Christianity that is too sweet and shallow to grapple with the realities of existence. Good Friday sees, in concentrated form, the evil and darkness that damages God’s good creation. In following Christ, we […]

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Daily Readings for March 29, 2018

Posted on March 29, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings pull together several threads of salvation that run through the Old and New Testaments. The reading from Exodus recounts the extremely important establishment of the Passover.  Christians sometimes fail to appreciate the relationship of the events of Holy Week to Passover. The timing of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and everything that follows is […]

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Daily Readings for March 28, 2018

Posted on March 28, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today we again read Isaiah 50:4-9a, which is the third of the Servant songs. As we think of the servant’s sufferings, let us also think on the servant as a teacher who knows “how to sustain the weary with a word.” We can be inspired by knowing that God sustains us through weariness. In Christ, […]

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Daily Readings for March 27, 2018

Posted on March 27, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Isaiah 49 contains the second of the four servant songs in the Book of Isaiah.  Here the servant expresses both the past and future aspects of God’s plan. Israel has been called into a covenant relationship with God that will advance God’s glory and fulfill the ancient promise to Abraham to bless all the nations […]

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Daily Readings for March 26, 2018

Posted on March 26, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Isaiah is the first of the four Servant Songs the book contains. This one speaks of how God’s anointed agent will establish justice upon the earth. We tend to hear promises of justice and judgment as ominous phrases. But that is because we are accustomed to our human understandings of justice and […]

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Daily Readings for March 25, 2018

Posted on March 25, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today is Palm Sunday, the last Sunday in Lent. As we move into Holy Week, it is helpful to remember that every Sunday is a “mini-Easter,” a celebration of  the Resurrection. Even in the darkest of weeks, we can know that Sunday is coming. The reading from Isaiah is the first of several this week. […]

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Daily Readings for March 24, 2018

Posted on March 24, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Jeremiah again sounds the note of hope that God will restore the land and its people to wholeness. The promised salvation, however, is accompanied by the justice and righteousness that comes under the rule of God’s Messiah. Although we modern Westerners are wary of both rulers and rules, we must not draw […]

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Daily Readings for March 23, 2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

The reading from Jeremiah today both comforts us and reminds us of a painful truth. It tells of God’s promise to restore and heal the people after they have experienced the dreadful consequences of self-centeredness. We need the comfort of knowing that joy and praise are indeed possible after heartache. But the painful truth is […]

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Daily Readings for March 22, 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

This is the first of three days reading from Psalm 118. This song of praise for God’s deliverance is one of the more familiar Psalms, and has been much beloved in both Hebrew and Christian tradition. Martin Luther, for instance, called it, “My own beloved psalm.” It has been called “open-ended” for the mystery regarding […]

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Daily Readings for March 21, 2018

Posted on March 21, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings from Haggai speak of a time when the Israelites had returned to their Promised Land after exile in Babylon. However, their land seems to have lost much of its promise. The great temple in Jerusalem remains in ruins. Although the people have returned physically, there has been no spiritual restoration. The prophet Haggai […]

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Daily Readings for March 20, 2018

Posted on March 20, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Isaiah is a resounding statement of the uniqueness of the God of Israel. The proclamation that there is one God is not a mere claim about either national or religious identity. It is an affirmation that in the one God, all the various created things find their source and proper place. This […]

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Daily Readings for March 19, 2018

Posted on March 19, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Reading from Psalm 119 is always an inspiring reminder of the joy to be experienced in a life of devotion to meditation on God’s nature and expressions. The enthusiastic focus of this Psalmist is a refreshing alternative to our culture’s insistence on having a never-ending supply of fast and easy distractions. Life lived in, with, […]

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