Before sampling the theological wisdom and divine guidance for daily living to be found in the Revised Common Lectionary’s suggested biblical readings for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, it behooves us to consider briefly the contextualization afforded us in “the other 3:16-17” as well.

Many if not most Christians are familiar with our foundational John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”