The Very Rev. Tracey Lind
June 18, 2023
Proper 6A: Genesis 18.1-15, Romans 5.1-8, Matthew 9.35-10.8 (Proper 6A)
Good morning and welcome back! As many of you know, The Episcopal Church, along with other Christian denominations, draws our Sunday scripture readings from The Revised Common Lectionary – a three-year cycle fashioned around the seasons of the church year with the Gospel providing the anchor for the day.
However, during the long season after Pentecost, known as Ordinary Time, we are offered a rarely used alternative with semi-continuous readings from the Hebrew Scriptures that might not seem related to the Gospel but instead narrate the saga of our spiritual ancestors. This summer we will hear the formative stories of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Moses, Miriam, The Hebrew Midwives, and Aaron, along with Jesus, James the Fisherman and the cast of characters in the Gospel of Matthew.