17:1 Let us not make no more of the name of the location than necessary. This is a geographical location, not a theological condition (even though it seems otherwise). What does it mean to journey by stages? Why would anyone camp at a place where there was no water to drink? Perhaps we can put this verse in conversation with the Gospel Reading.
95:1 Is it too obvious to see a connection between this Psalm’s “the rock of our salvation” and the Frist Reading’s “rock at Horeb”?
5:1 I hate it when Lectionary Readings from the Pauline corpus begin with “Therefore”. It means we are missing the initial points of the argument. On the other hand, justification by faith is a keystone of protestant theology.
4:5-42 This Reading is longer than most Gospel readings and I am considering shortening it by ending it at with verse 15. Will you read it all or truncate it??