This week we’ve got a somewhat rare event: the Daily Office Lectionary and the Sunday Communion Lectionary are crossing one another’s paths. The Epistles in Evening Prayer started us in on 1 Corinthians a week and a half ago, and this evening is reaching chapter 12. Yesterday and the Sunday before, the Communion lectionary has also been taking us through chapter 12.
This sort of double exposure probably happens a few times a year, at different times depending upon which year in the 3-year cycle it is. This can be an excellent opportunity to get a perspective check on the Communion lectionary readings. That lectionary, by default, is unable to be as comprehensive as a daily lectionary; it has to cut corners, it has to summarize books of the Bible and move on. It is the function of the Daily Office to slog through virtually everything and put it all in context.
Having Evening Prayer take us through the bulk of 1 Corinthians in the past ten days, and finishing the book in the coming week, will be a helpful overview to remind us of the larger context as we listen to the 1 Corinthians lessons at the Sunday Communion services for the next few weeks until Lent begins.