In this second week of Lent we explore the generosity and abundance of God. The Revised Common Lectionary takes us to John 3:1-17 where Jesus talks about God’s love for the world with Nicodemus. The Narrative Lectionary takes us to the parable that Jesus tells following the encounter with the rich young ruler where a vineyard owner pays all the workers the same wage, no matter how long they had worked in the field.

Jump to Narrative Lectionary resources.

Revised Common Lectionary

Note: The Roman Catholic variation of the RCL this week goes to the Transfiguration (see the post here). 

Here are quick links to all the texts for this week:

March 5

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm 121:1-8

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9

This image comes from page 4 in A Cartoonist’s Guide to John.

Preview PowerPoint

Feel free to use any or all of these slides and images in your own preaching and teaching.

Narrative Lectionary

This week the NL takes us to Matthew 20:1-16. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. Along the way he has some important encounters. In Matthew 19:16-30 he has a conversation with a rich man who finds it very difficult to give up his allegiance to wealth. Jesus then turns to his disciples and says, “It will be hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Then he tells them the parable of our text this week. The abundance and generosity of God can seem unfair to our world systems.

These images comes from page 14 in A Cartoonist’s Guide to Matthew.

Preview PowerPoint

Feel free to use any or all of these slides and images in your own preaching and teaching.

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