New Sight, New Life: Lenten Gospels

Gracia Grindal

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 1/1/1996

Issue: The Edges of Life (Vol. 16, No 1, Winter, 1996)

The gospel texts for the Sundays of Lent, Series A, are from either Matthew or John. Traditionally, they are some of the most well known passages of scripture. Now, in these latter days, when they are being preached every three years or so among the churches, it may be that their random telling of Christ’s journey to Jerusalem has produced confusion, if not tedium, about how it was that Jesus made it to Jerusalem to be crucified. When the group2 gathered to discuss these lectionary passages—chosen almost thirty years ago now—some expressed a sense of weariness among pastors with the no longer so new texts, not because the texts themselves were old, but because the interpretations had become hackneyed and clichéd.

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