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The past two posts have featured an Epicopalian who writes at Not Just Another Episcopal Church Blog.

What you read in the Lectionary edit critiques is priceless, so much so that I  have included it on my blogroll (left-hand column).

In ‘Inconvenient Lectionary Edits’, we find a warning about persecution [specific passage available at the site].  As the blogger says:

Is it because these verses sound more appropriate for Holy Week that they get left on the cutting room floor during the Easter season?

Yes, many of us believe so.  After all, we can have only so many dramatic scenes in the Gospels and only during Holy Week. We wouldn’t want the congregation to experience too much emotion where our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is concerned. It might make people sad and guilty, and no clergyperson wants that: ‘They’ll never attend church again.’

Actually, they would.  Pews could be full, Sunday after Sunday.

If you wish to get serious about what is presented at Sunday worship — including Mass, where, quite frankly, all this began with Vatican II (Protestants harmonised soon afterward) — then let your vicar or pastor know.  Point out that much of the meaning of these passages is missing without all the Scripture verses.  Illustrate with a few examples.

If Lectionary readings are anything to go by, it’s no wonder people find the Bible incomprehensible or, worse, boring.  I really am of the opinion now that most clergy would prefer we not read Scripture for the reason that our featured blogger states: we might point out the errors in their  Sunday sermons. Even more dangerous, we might feel that call to repent.

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