Join Dr. Edith Humphrey in reading Old Testament passages designed to bring to life the weekly Gospel and/or Epistle reading for the Divine Liturgy. Discover how the apostles and the New Testament writers followed the pattern of Jesus in their understanding of the Holy Scriptures of the early Church—the Law, the Prophets and the Writings.
The Complete Community
Hebrews 13:17-21 encourages the community to respond positively to her leaders, and shows the symbiotic relationship that God has in mind for pastors and people, all under the blessing of the Great Shepherd. Together, we are being transformed by God so that we reach completion. We understand the challenges of this passage by means of the wisdom of St. John Chrysostom’s sermon on this passage, Judges 1-5, and Psalm 1.
Awaiting His Advent Actively
Awaiting His Advent Actively, Colossians 3:1-11, when read alongside the invitation and warning of Psalm 94/5, speaks of our hope, our mandate, our warning, our exchange, and our identity. These themes show us how us to engage in active waiting for Christ during this time of Advent/the Nativity Fast.
Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Covid-19 Land
The apostle’s appeal for unity is beautifully exemplified in the life of Joseph, and poignantly pictured in the Psalm about oil on Aaron’s beard. May God’s appeal, pattern, and picture help us to unity in this time of disagreement. (Ephesians 4:1-6, Genesis 37-50, Psalm 132/3)
Angels, Elections, and the Marks of the Lord: the Synaxis of the Archangels
During this difficult time, we consider wisdom concerning the role of angels, the humble strength of our Lord Jesus, the peace that cannot come through “sons of men,” and the marks of the Lord that are to be seen on us, as they were on the apostle Paul. (Hebrews 2:2-10; Joshua 5:13-15; Judges 6:2-24; Galatians 6:11-18)
From, In, and For God: the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Paul emphasizes the divine origin of the gospel without downplaying the importance of his fellow apostles. We understand this difficult passage in Galatians by looking at the entire letter, by remembering the apostolic witness to the Resurrection in 1 Cor 15, and by comparing the ministry of the apostle with that of the prophet Jeremiah. (Gal 1:11-19; 1 Cor 15; various passages from Jeremiah)
Scattering Abroad and Thankful Generosity
This week we read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, probing its beauty, and taking the cue from St. Paul that we should understand the mystery of generosity through Psalm 111/112.