Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 17, New Testament Lesson

Romans 12:1-8

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God
(vs 6)

Reflection on Romans 12: 1-8
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

I never how realized how difficult it is to be separate from the mainstream until the last two years under our current President. It seems people everywhere are clamoring for less government oversight and guidance on environmental policy. Let corporations take the lead as they know the best. Market forces will drive out the dangerous ones. Less taxes means more discretionary money so that individuals can do ‘the right thing’. Unfortunately, our history proves again and again that we do not all have the courage of character and social responsibility to care for the common good.

We must take our understanding of God’s call to be stewards as our transformation that will inevitably take us out of touch with political and social leaders. We have to steel ourselves to be standing against the current of popular opinion. God does transform our hearts, and perhaps through our determination and commitment, God can transform this time and nation.

To Reflections on other Readings for this Sunday:
Hebrew Scripture
Jeremiah 15:15-21
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New Testament
Romans 12:1-8
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Matthew 16:21-27
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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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