Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Environmental Stewardship Commission
(MEESC)
Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 5, Old Testament Lesson

Hosea 5:15 6:6

Thus says the Lord, "I will return again to my place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face. In their distress they will beg my favor,saying, 'Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.' What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light. For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."

Reflection on Hosea 5:15 6:6
by the Rev Tom Harries

How could one include honor or concern for the natural environment in a sermon for today? Once you bring up the question, you can probably spot the opportunities as well as I.

God will come like showers, like the spring rain. Could open a reflection on God described using metaphors of nature



The Rev Tom Harries is the Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN.  He originally wrote this reflection in 1999.  Tom and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Tom Harries or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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