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Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC) Lectionary Reflection Ash Wednesday, New Testament Lesson

2 Corinthians 5:20b6:10 See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!. (vs 6:2b)

Reflection by Nan Stokes

Paul entreats us, on behalf of Christ, to be reconciled to God, and not to accept the grace of God in vain. He tells passionately about his own ministry and about the afflictions and hardships he has endured as he carried out that ministry in his travels around the known world when Christianity was in its infancy. And he reminds us that NOW is the acceptable time, and NOW is the day of salvation. This means that we must get on with reconciling ourselves to God, and there is no better time! We know that, but the world keeps getting in the way when we start to focus on the most important task before us. Once again the beginning of Lent reminds us of our mortality, and of how fleeting life is. Now is the time to renew our resolve to remember that God is to be our strength and our salvation, and listen to Paul's exhortation to get on with it! At the conclusion of the reading from 2 Corinthians, we glimpse the benefits of a focused life, as Paul tells what that disciple-ship means: "as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything." What are we waiting for?

To Reflections on other Ash Wednesday Readings:
Old Testament Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 103:8-14
New Testament 2 Corinthians 5:20b6:10
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Gospel Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Nan Stokes resides in Duluth and is a member of St. Edward's Episcopal Church. She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. She and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to our Webmaster or any other MEESC member, or mail them to:
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