The Old Testament lectionary readings for this week cover the birth of Abraham's promised son Isaac and the confirmation of Abraham's faith in his willingness to sacrifice that same son, a sacrifice that was obviated at the last minute by God Himself. The New Testament readings conclude John's Gospel, describing the betrayal, arrest, trials and torture of Jesus, leading to His crucifixion, death and burial. John provides a unique account of Jesus's resurrection, including His restoration of Simon Peter, after Peter had denied Christ three times before the crucifixion.
Lectionary Readings – Year A Week 4
The Old Testament readings this week describe God's judgment on the world in the Flood, His covenant with Noah, and the His dispersal of the nations as a result of man's hubris in constructing the tower of Babel. The New Testament readings in the Gospel of John goes to the eve of the Passover week that would culminate with Christ's crucifixion.
Lectionary Readings – Year A Week 3
This week begins the lectio continua readings for this year. The Old Testament readings cover the opening chapters of Genesis. In parallel, the New Testament readings go through the first five chapters of the Gospel of John. The Psalm readings begin the Psalms of David, starting with Psalm 3.