Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 16, Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) Lesson

Isaiah 51:1-6

… the earth will wear out like a garment and those who live on it like gnats; but my salvation will  be forever…”
(vs 6)

Reflection on Isaiah 51: 1-6
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

So frequently, Christians have been among the first who have ignored a need to care for the earth, citing lines like the above from Isaiah. They say, ‘So what if there is pollution or if the earth is warmer than it used to be. It is no real concern since the Lord our God can do anything. Most of all, God has given us this earth for our own to do with as we determine best.’

I would ask, if we so consider all that God has created and called God in such a light, are we really God’s stewards. Are we really the ones who are created in the image of God? Do we have that spark of divinity within us that makes us just lower than the angels?

Perhaps the earth will eventually wear out and the sun will no longer shine, but we do not have the prerogative to exhaust the earth with our own indiscretions. Life on this planet is not a ‘warm-up’ exercise for our real life. This is real and it is life. It is God’s life given to us — a cocoon of protection and comfort within which to live until such time as we are lifted to another world. God help our irresponsibility.

To Reflections on other Readings for this Sunday:
Hebrew Scripture
Isaiah 51:1-6
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New Testament
Romans 11:33-36
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Matthew 16:13-20
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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.  She originally 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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