Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Environmental Stewardship Commission
Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 9, Gospel

Matthew 11: 1-9, 18-23:
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Reflection on Matthew 11: 1-9, 18-23:
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.

“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Going out on a limb, look at how our economic system has turned life into a huge struggle. God has provided amply for our needs. I read recently that we have 1/3 more production capacity than we need, worldwide, for most things. Yet instead of collaborating to lighten everyone’s burden, we, or at least our corporations fight tooth and nail for a slightly larger piece of market share.

The Rev Tom Harries is 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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