meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.
Year A, Epiphany 1
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Revised
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading
Isaiah 42: 1-9 (Standard
Lectionary and Revised Common Lectionary)
|Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from
||who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the LORD, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.
on Isaiah 42: 1-9
by the Rev Wanda Copeland
We often read backward into this lesson words about Jesus.
Certainly, the words were written about someone who would save
God's people, who would live the righteous life, who would establish
justice. We understand that person to be Jesus. Even if the
writer of Second Isaiah did not know that it would be Jesus
who would fulfill these qualifications, clearly the one who
was to come would embody what he understood to be quintessential
qualities of God. We believe Jesus to be the one who has made
all things new, who breathes life into the people again. We
believe he has given new meaning to all life. We believe that
he has "reinvented" the world and the way it is to interrelate.
Is it any wonder that we see
Jesus calling us to carry out justice to all of creation? If
God's justice is complete and transformative, is it not transformative
for all of the creation? Does not God call us to examine how
we are consuming resources, the extent to which we create greenhouse
gasses, the reasons we allow entire ecosystems to be destroyed?
God's light shines out in the darkness and puts a spotlight
on how we live. Are we truly agents of transformation and justice?
What in this new year can we do better?
To Reflections on other Readings for Year A, Epiphany
|Reflections available at the
|Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Isaiah 42: 1-9
Isaiah 42: 1-9
Psalm 89:1-29 or 89:20-29
|New Testament Lesson
Rev Wanda Copeland was rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk
River, MN, and Co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission,
when she originally wrote this reflection in 1999. Wanda and
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