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Lectionary Reflection

Year A, Proper 22
Revised Common Lectionary
All Readings
Gospel Theme Track

Readings used for the Semi-Continuous Track



Reflection on these Readings of the Gospel-Theme Track
by Jill Peterman

Fall and harvest time bring us the abundance of the fruits of the land. Both domesticated and wild grapes appear to be a central subject of the lessons. The Old Testament reading referred to choice vines that were planted and the wild grapes that appeared in their place. What more could I do, it is asked. Why did it yield wild grapes? However, it seems the expectation of the good grapes was not met, and wild grapes grew in their place. We seem to expect good things from the supposedly good things, and not good things from things that are not so good. To me, these lessons indicate the wild grapes fit in to the latter category.

In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us about the stone that the builders rejected. The kingdom will be given to the people that produce the fruits of the kingdom. As Fran Salone-Pelletier states in Awakening to God; "We are the yield of God's efforts as well as the caretakers of the garden kingdom."

Do we who care for the earth tend to be considered on the outside, on the margin? Do we do what God wants us to do? Will we listen to what God may be trying to tell us? Are we criticized? It is hard for me to think that others may consider me a rabble-rouser, when I do not think that I am. Are we the grapes? Or are we grapes gone wild?

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year A, Proper 22

Creation Season 2008 Information for this Sunday (Special Recognition of the Place of Food in our Lives), Proper 22-25
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Isaiah 5: 1-7
Psalm 80:7-14
New Testament Reading
Philippians 3: 4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
General Reflection on the Gospel Theme Track Readings
(this page)

Jill Peterman, MEESC Co-chair (2004-present), attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2005. Jill and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Jill Peterman or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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