This post offers visual resources for the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 19, 2023, from both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary.

Jump to Narrative Lectionary resources.

Revised Common Lectionary

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

March 19

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23:1-6

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

Gospel Reading John 9:1-41. Jesus heals the blind man.

These images come from page 10 and page 11 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 25:1-13. Last week we saw that Jesus upset the authority structures of Jerusalem in chapters 21-23 when he was welcomed by a cheering crowd and turned over the money changers’ tables in the temple. The leaders verbally attacked Jesus, then he publicly condemned them for having failed the people.

Now, in Matthew 24-25, Jesus sits across the valley from Jerusalem and talks privately with his disciples. Again, through a series of parables and apocalyptic language, he warns them of the coming destruction of his beloved city. The particular parable for this week’s reading of the ten wedding attendants must be read in this context.

These images comes from page 17┬áin 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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