Lectionary Year C--The Gospel of Luke

Among the gospels, Luke--the focus of the lectionary in "year C"--is considered by many the "most loved." It features some of the most treasured stories in the New Testament, like Zacchaeus, the road to Emmaus, and baby Jesus in a manger. It offers some of the Jesus' most popular parables, like the Good Samaritan, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. It is a gospel with a distinct interest in the socially marginalized, like women, widows, tax collectors, Samaritans, and Gentiles. It has a unique interest in the realities of empire which is more explicitly visible in its companion volume, the Acts of the Apostles. It is the only gospel to feature extended birth narratives and the ascension, making it historically favored among liturgists and artists. It's sheer length gives readers the impression of being the most thorough account of Jesus available. These features led the French scholar Ernest Renan to call the third gospel "the most beautiful book ever written." 


Here are some of the major themes in the gospel of Luke:  faith as a journey, faith as food, table and hospitality, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, divine necessity, the presence of women, "the here and now", the socially marginalized and good news for the poor. Also important to Luke's gospel is the use of wealth and atonement theology of the Cross.  In year C of the lectionary, we will hear from the gospel of Luke more than forty times on Sundays and festivals--ample opportunity for a sustained meditation on Luke's narrative of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Sermons in Year C 2018-2019

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  • Advent I, 2 December 2018:  There Will be Signs

    We begin the new Church year by contemplating "end times." What an odd way to begin! What does this have to do with Christmas? But the season of Advent demands a very different kind of preparation than that of the secular Christmas celebrated in the shopping malls and catalogues. So is Advent about best of times or the worst of times? How do we wait when we are in Babylon?

  • Advent II, 9 December 2018: Are You Ready for Christmas?

    "Are you ready for Christmas?" is a question we hear a lot this time of year. When people ask that question, they are speaking of a particular day. But when John the Baptist both asks and answers that question, he is speaking about a particular way.

  • Advent III, 16 December 2018:  Advent Lessons and Carols, The "O" Antiphons

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  • Advent IV, 23 December 2018:  But You, O Bethlehem . . .

    I am Micah. I lived in a time of transition; a time when those paying the greatest price were the poor and voiceless. Yet I proclaimed that from the little town of Bethlehem would come a shepherd-ruler who would reveal God to the whole world.

  • Christmas Eve, 24 December 2018:  Home for the holidays

    Christmas is a season that brings families together. But in Bethlehem, Joseph's hometown, he and his great-with-child wife, Mary, had to bunk down in a stable because there was no room for them . . . Where was their family? We all have visions of what it means to be "home for the holidays," but was is God's vision?

  • Epiphany of our lord, 6 January 2019:  More than a Star?

    Life is filled with epiphanies. When you experience them you are observing "his star at its rising."

  • Baptism of Our Lord, 13 January 2019:  Redeemed, Precious, Beloved

    When you encounter water, remember the words spoken at Jesus' baptism because they are spoken over you and I who are baptized into Christ: You are my [child], the beloved; with you I am well pleased.

  • Epiphany II, 20 January 2019:  When the Wine Runs out

    They have no wine, Mary said. These words speak a truth beyond the wedding at Cana. They speak a truth about our lives. But when the wine gives out, the miracle of abundance begins.

  • Epiphany III, 27 January 2019:  Spirited and Embodied Word

    Scripture is not just some ancient, one-dimensional words written on a piece of paper. No, they become multidimensional and alive when embodied in you and me in this time and place.  Amen? Amen!

  • Epiphany IV, 3 February 2019:  What's Your Plan?

    What's your plan for the day? Often when I ask that question I already have a plan, an agenda for my day and I want to figure out if the other person will participate and support my agenda. The question isn't whether or not we have agendas, we all do. The question is whose agenda guides your life.

  • Epiphany V, 10 February 2019:  Absolutely Necessary to leave  . . .

    When was the last time you knew you had reached the point where it became absolutely necessary to leave what came before  behind you?  That it became absolutely necessary for you to follow a new path, when you left the "same old, same old" behind.?

  • Epiphany VI, 17 February 2019:  Blessed are you, Woe is Me?

    Standing on a level place with a crowd of his disciples around him, Jesus tells them what discipleship actually looks like.  In a nutshell he says: Blessed are you who are hungry, poor, sad, and expendable. Woe to you who are rich, full, happy, and popular. What are we to make of this?