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Genesis 1:1-5

Epiphany 1B

This First Sunday after Epiphany celebrates the Baptism of Jesus, that spectacular epiphany of his glory as he began his public ministry.  All of the Lectionary readings for this Sunday were chosen because they have to do with water, whether the primeval waters of Genesis 1 or the waters of the Mediterranean that spawn a…

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Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Trinity Sunday A

As we come to the end of the great celebrations of the church year and begin Ordinary Time, the RCL takes a Sunday to focus on the Trinitarian God who has done these great things. The readings from the Gospels and from the Epistles are clearly Trinitarian, the first naming the Triune God in connection…

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Genesis 1:1-5

Epiphany 1B

Questions about the “beginning” (1) of the universe, earth and people intrigue at least some of us.  So God’s people sometimes turn to passages like Genesis 1:1-5 for answers to those questions.  Yet wise people also ask whether Genesis is even interested in those increasingly divisive issues. To honestly answer questions about creation’s beginnings, God’s…

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Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Trinity Sunday A

Questions about the age of the universe, earth and the human race intrigue at least some 21st century Christians.  Some wonder just how God guided the development of creation and its creatures.  So God’s people sometimes turn to passages like this Genesis 1 and 2 for answers to those hard questions. However, it’s important to…

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Genesis 1:1-5

Epiphany 1B

Comments and Observations “The first day.” That is how this Year B Lectionary text concludes.  There was a morning and there was an evening and together they constituted “the first day.”  Of course, even in the text of Genesis it’s difficult to know just what that means.  Within the sequence of just these first 5…

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