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Lectionary Reflection

Year A, Proper 10
Year C, Proper 25 (RCL)
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary (Gospel Theme Track)


Psalm 65

You visit the earth and water it abundantly;
  you make it very plenteous; *
 the river of God is full of water.
(vs 9)



Reflection on Psalm 65
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

The psalmist expounds the characteristics of God. Throughout this short psalm selection, God is the one who acts to make the earth fertile and productive. Beginning with verse 9, it is clear to the writer that God is about verdancy. God¹s presence is about making things grow and produce fruit of all kinds. Whenever God comes to the earth, the evidence of God's care is positive in the most fundamental life-giving ways.  God comes "that we might have life and have it more abundantly." In this particular praise, the writer acknowledges that God is the one who brings rain, causes the biological reactions that cause grain to grow and the variety of life to even exist. God is about life. God is engaged in making the experience of life plenteous. The river of God is full of water, life-giving water.



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Reflections on other Readings
[Standard (Episcopal) and Revised Common Lectionary]
for Year A, Proper 10

Revised Common Lectionary

Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Genesis 25:19-34
Isaiah 55: 10-13
no reflection available
Isaiah 55:1-5, 10-13
no reflection available
Psalm 119:105-112
no reflection available
Psalm 65: (1-8) 9-14
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Psalm 65
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New Testament Reading:
Romans 8:1-11
no reflection available
Romans 8: 9-17
no reflection available
Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
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Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
no reflection available


The Rev Wanda Copeland, former Chair of MEESC, former Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network, and Chair of Congregations Caring for Creation (Minneapolis, MN), was the Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1999. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

The MEESC assumes that all correspondence received is for publication on this web site. If your comments are not for publication, please so note on your correspondence. The MEESC reserves the right to decide which items are included on the website.


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