Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 13, New Testament Lesson

Romans 8: 35-39:
For I am convinced that … nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us form the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord
(vs 38-39)

Reflection on Romans 8: 35-39:
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

The Nicene Creed tells us that Jesus Christ is "of one Being with the Father, and through all things were made."  Jesus is of the same creative substance as God the "maker of heaven and earth."  If God created all that has been and all that is, then all creation contains that "good" spark with which it has been infused by God.  If all things were made through Jesus, the redemptive act of crucifixion and resurrection fulfilled by Jesus can be claimed by all of creation, not just by humans.  Redemption is for us all, and has the redeeming effect on us all, not just humans.  Therefore, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.  And nothing can separate us from the love that all of creation receives from Jesus.  Simultaneously, nothing can separate us from the pain of creation as it is being destroyed.  As we participate in the joy and affection of God¹s love, so do we jointly share in the deep sadness at destruction of species, of disintegration of ecosystems, of infertility of formerly-healthy environments.  Literally, we are all in this together through the Creator who brought all of us into being..

To Reflections on other Readings for this Sunday:
Hebrew Scripture
Nehemiah 9:16-20
no reflection available
New Testament
Romans 8:35-39
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Matthew 14:13-21

The Rev Wanda Copeland is rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN. Wanda was the second chair of MEESC, and since 2001 she has been the chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network.  Sheoriginally wrote this reflection in 2002.  Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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