Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 27, Gospel

Amos 5: 18-24

Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an everflowing stream.
(verses 23-24)

Reflection on Amos 5: 18-24
by the Rev Tom Harries

Christians have long understood the need to love our neighbors as applied to other people. But I suggest that all God's creatures indeed the whole created order is our neighbor. If that's true, then we are called to love them as we love ourselves. How should we love them? By treating them with justice and compassion. Justice is not the whole of love, but it is an essential component of love. Using the image of water rolling down a mighty stream, Amos reminds us that God is much more concerned about justice than about the quality of our worship.

To Reflections on other Readings for this Sunday:
Hebrew Scripture
Amos 5:18-24
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New Testament
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
no reflection available
Matthew 25:1-13

The Rev Tom Harries is a priest of the Diocese of Minnesota and since 2002 he has been co-chair of MEESC. He originally wrote this reflection in 2005.  Tom and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Tom Harries or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
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