Commentary for the Transfiguration 14 February 2021 Texts for this week are 2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9.  By Father Doug Woods Get the readings 2 Kings 2:1-12 We’ve talked about Elijah before in the context of Sunday School; you might have heard today’s story in Sunday School, too.  It’s the…

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Commentary for Epiphany IV 31 January 2021 Texts for this week are Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8.1-13, and Mark 1:21-28 By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Deuteronomy 18:15-20  It’s odd how little we Christians study the Hebrew Scriptures (HS), also known as the Old Testament (OT).  Some would say, “Why would we…

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Commentary for Epiphany III 24 January 2021 Texts for this week are Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62:5-12, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, and Mark 1:14-20 By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Jonah 3:1-5 I keep on referring to the Book of Jonah.  That’s because it’s personal to me.  It’s  at least partly about people who try…

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Commentary for Second Sunday after Epiphany Texts are 1 Samuel 3:1-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, and John 1:43-51 By Father Doug Woods Get the readings 1 Samuel 3:1-20.  A while ago, we made reference to 1 Samuel 2.1-10, Hannah’s Prayer.  Today’s reading is from the next chapter.  You’d be doing yourself a big…

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Commentary for The Baptism of Our Lord 10 January Texts for this week are Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, and Mark 1:4-11Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, and Mark 1:4-11 By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Genesis 1:1-5.  One of the things which really blows my mind is photos taken by the Hubble…

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Commentary for The Epiphany 6 January Texts for the Epiphany are Isaiah 60.1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, and Matthew 2:1-12. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Today is “six geese a-laying”, the sixth day of Christmas.  That song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, is an amusing way of going through the twelve days…

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Commentary for Advent IV 20 December 2020 The texts for this week, Advent 4, are 2 Sam 7.1-11, 16, Lk. 1.47-55, Rom. 16.25-27, and Lk 1.26-38 By Father Doug Woods Get the readings It’s dark and dreary today.  I think I have a real sense of what the carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” is talking…

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Commentary for Advent III 13 Decemeber 2020 The texts for this week are:  Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, and John 1:6-8, 19-28. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings It snowed today.  It was really heavy and wet, typical early winter snow—not cold enough to give us the powder we normally get.  But…

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Commentary for Advent II 6 December 2020 The texts:  Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, and Mark 1:1-8. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Isaiah 40:1-11 Isaiah was possibly written over a long period of time, running from the eighth century BCE to as late as the second century BCE.  Most commentators…

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Commentary forAdvent I 29 November 2020 This week’s texts: Isaiah 64.1-9, Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1.3-9, and Mark 13.24-37. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Hello again! It’s a grey day today—typical November. It snowed on Sunday—10 cm.—and some of it’s still here. It’s supposed to warm up over the next several days,…

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