In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 5, Year A in the Lectionary cycle:
Genesis 12:1-9; Psalm 33:1-12; Hosea 5:15-6:6; Psalm 50:7-15; Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26.
We discuss the story of the blessing of Abram, Hosea's prophetic indictment of destructive religious exploitation, the challenges of preaching doctrinal passages in Romans, and the profound way Jesus confronts the religious hypocrisy as he teaches people to learn what it means that God desires mercy and not sacrifice.
--Metrical Collect for Trinity Sunday
--We recommended Dcn. Jeremiah Webster's recent book Follow the Devil/Follow the Light a few episodes ago, and Goodreads is running a giveaway for it through June 15. See more of Dcn. Jeremiah's books here or read selected poems here.
--The Bible Project
--Bible Project's video on Romans
--Bible Project's video on Hosea
3:41 Genesis 12:1-9; Psalm 33:1-12
22:33 Hosea 5:15-6:6; Psalm 50:7-15
38:44 Romans 4:13-25
52:00 Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26
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.