Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 27, Gospel

Matthew 25: 1-13

When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them....And while they went to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready
went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. (vs 3 and 10)

Reflection on Matthew 25: 1-13
by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

Some were prepared for the major event, and some waited too long to get serious about their responsibility. And they found they were left with no way to recover their loss.  Foolish, indeed!  We act the same way sometimes, in little things like failure to install surge protection to electric appliances or failure to take in the garden hose before the first hard freeze in the fall; sometimes in serious ways like failing to settle a debt or seek reconciliation in a broken relationship while it is still possible, or failure to repent and seek God's forgiveness while we are still able.  Other things are serious in the long term, as in stewardship of God's creation.  With global warming already causing measurable changes in the fragile environment of Alaska and the Canadian arctic, will business interests and political posturing continue to delay our country's getting serious about our responsibility in halting the emission of excessive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere?  Foolish, indeed!

To Reflections on other Readings for this Sunday:
Hebrew Scripture
Amos 5:18-24
no reflection available
New Testament
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
no reflection available
Matthew 25:1-13
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The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten is a retired deacon who attends St. Andrew's by the Lake Episocpal Church, Duluth, MN.  She originally wrote this reflection in 2002.  Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
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