At Home with the Lectionary

At Home with the Lectionary

Join Fr. Aaron and Marissa Burt for conversation surrounding the Sunday lectionary texts from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). Learn more at www.athomewiththelectionary.com

Episodes

December 2, 2022 63 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Advent 3 (Year A in the lectionary cycle): Matthew 11:2-11; James 5:7-10; Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 3 (Luke 1:46-55, the Magnificat); Isaiah 35:1-10.

We discuss John the Baptist's imprisonment, James' exhortation to patient endurance and hope, the prophetic praises of Elizabeth and Mary, and the beautiful metaphors of holiness and wholeness promised in Isaiah.
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In this episode, we consider the readings for Advent 2 (Year A in the lectionary cycle): Matthew 3:1-12; Romans 15:4-13; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Isaiah 11:1-10.

We discuss John the Baptist's invitation to repentance that bears fruit, Paul's exhortation to unity and hope, the Psalmist's beautiful depiction of the Messianic King, and the prophetic imagery of His rule of peace and justice.

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November 17, 2022 51 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Advent 1 (Year A in the lectionary cycle): Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14; Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:1-5.

We welcome a new liturgical year by discussing the themes of the season of Advent. We discuss this collection of readings, unmistakably woven with a sense of watchful anticipation for the rule and reign of Christ. We look at Jesus' invitation to stay watchful and waiting for His ret...

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November 12, 2022 63 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Christ the King Sunday (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 23:33-43; Colossians 1:11-20; Canticle 16; Jeremiah 23:1-6.

We discuss the Lord's promise to raise up a righteous shepherd to tend His people who have been scattered and injured, Zechariah's prophecy about Jesus and John the Baptist, and Paul's poetic words of praise of Christ the King. We also consider the lection...

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November 5, 2022 54 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 28 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 21:5-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Canticle 9 (Isaiah 12:2-6); Isaiah 65:17-25

We discuss Jesus' prophetic words about persecution and His return, Paul's instructions to the Thessalonians about community life, the first song of Isaiah, and Isaiah's closing prophetic glimpse of the joy of Jerusalem.

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October 27, 2022 57 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for All Saints' Day (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 6:20-31; Ephesians 1:11-23; Psalm 149; Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18.

Fr. Aaron & Marissa discuss Jesus' description of His kingdom in the beatitudes and the glorious imagery of inheritance and the heavenly reality of Christ's rule as described by Paul in Ephesians, depicted in the Psalm, and revealed in Daniel's "alarm...

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October 22, 2022 61 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 26 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 19:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Psalm 119:137-144; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4.

In this episode we discuss Zaccheus' penitence, Paul's prayer for the Thessalonians, the Psalmist's confessional prayers, and Habakkuk's dialogue of complaint and trust as well as the Lord's response.

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October 14, 2022 51 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 25 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 18:9-14; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Psalm 65; Joel 2:23-32.

In this episode we discuss Jesus' parable that contrasts the prayer of the Pharisee who looks with contempt on others and the prayer of the tax collector who cries out for God's mercy, the final words of Paul that close 2 Timothy, the rich language of abundance in the Psalm, a...

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This bonus episode offers listeners a 45 minute journey through the chronological narrative of Scripture. 

Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.

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October 6, 2022 56 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 24 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 18:1-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Psalm 119:97-104; Jeremiah 31:27-34.

We begin with Jesus' parable of the persistent widow and discuss how his story upends our preconceptions about God's accessibility and invites hopeful, trusting engagement in prayer. We consider Paul's timely guidance for staying focused and faithful, rooted in th...

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October 1, 2022 58 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 23 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 17:11-19; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Psalm 66: 1-11; Jeremiah 29: 1,4-7.

This week, we discuss the Gospel in microcosm in the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers and briefly look at more of Paul's instruction to Timothy. We ponder the invitation to imagine and praise God in the Psalm as well as Jeremiah's letter to the exiles in Babylon.

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September 23, 2022 55 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 22 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:1-6.

This week, we consider the hard words of lament in Psalm 137 and Lamentations, and the challenge of grappling with the reality of incomprehensible human suffering and pain . We also ponder the mysterious (to us!) teaching of Jesus about faith and unprofitable...

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September 16, 2022 63 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 21 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 16:19-31; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15.

We discuss Jesus's parable of the rich man and Lazarus wherein He aptly describes the human situation and the fact that, without repentance & the reorientation that comes through God's Word, we all prioritize our own comfort & ignore the suffering of o...

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September 9, 2022 62 min
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 20 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 16:1-13; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Psalm 79:1-9; Jeremiah 8:18-9:1.

We discuss the surrounding context of Jesus' teaching of the shrewd steward as well as His wise words about the love of money, take a brief look at Paul's "first of all" charge to Timothy,  and meditate on the lament of the Asaph the psalmist and Jeremiah the prop...
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September 3, 2022 59 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 19 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Psalm 14; Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28.

We consider Jesus' parables about the lost sheep and the lost coin (or the good woman!) and the ways they reveal the celebration over repentance and read Paul's personal testimony of the riches of Christ's mercy. We find the Psalm and Jeremiah's prophetic words ...

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August 25, 2022 60 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 18 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 14:25-33; Philemon 1-21; Psalm 139:1-5,12-17; Jeremiah 18:1-11.

We discuss Jesus' honest description of the cost of being His follower and consider Paul's letter to Philemon regarding his beloved brother in Christ, the once-slave Onesimus. We also wonder at God's omniscience, omnipresence, and omnifiscence displayed in God'...

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August 19, 2022 38 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 17 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 14:1,7-14; Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16; Psalm 81:1,10-16; Jeremiah 2:4-13.

We discuss the layers of Jesus' teaching about being hosts and attendees at banquets in the kingdom, consider the closing exhortations of the book of Hebrews, meditate on the beauty of a festal Psalm that confesses rebellion in the face of the Lord's good generosit...

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August 11, 2022 60 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 16 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 13:10-17; Hebrews 12:18-29; Psalm 71:1-6; Jeremiah 1:4-10.

We discuss Jesus' unbinding of the woman who cannot stand straight as well as His rebuke of the synagogue leader who misunderstands the nature of Sabbath restoration. We consider the unshakeable promises of Hebrews 12, the beautiful depiction of the Psalmist's trust in the ...

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August 5, 2022 62 min
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 15 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 12:49-56; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Psalm 80:1-2,8-18; Isaiah 5:1-7.

We discuss the Lord's love for His people, as seen in His provision and care for His vineyard Israel and His promised future and faithfulness for all His people. We also consider the bitterness of injustice and wickedness that comes from those who know the Lord's will, ...
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July 28, 2022 65 min

In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 14 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 12:32-40; Hebrews 11:1-16; Psalm 50:1-8,23-24; Isaiah 1:1,10-20.

We discuss Jesus' teaching about stewardship, specifically the story of a household waiting expectantly for the master's return. We consider the exemplary heroes in the faith who speak and act as though they are seeking the city God prepares for them. We briefly look ...

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