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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Epiphany 3
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary
New Testament Reading

1 Corinthians 7: 17-23

However that may be, let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but obeying the commandments of God is everything. Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called.

Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters.


Reflections on 1 Corinthians 7: 17-23
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

Paul was at times perhaps too much the conformist. For all his radical  pronouncements, he did fall into the trap of assuming some institutions  and situations could not change the place of women and slaves, for  example. Nevertheless, he calls people to live transformed lives where they are."Let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you." If we tell ourselves we can't make a difference because we are only one person, or because of the circumstances in which we find ourselves, that is bunk! Each of us is important to the fabric of this world. Recycling, driving less, living more simply can start with you. I know a woman, still alive at the time of this writing, who has 99 great grandchildren and over 30 great great grandchildren. Doubtless, her influence has made a difference in the lives of those children. Just imagine what she has started. Don't assume what you do is inconsequential and cannot influence others. Be the witness you know you can be.  Live the life to which God has called you.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Epiphany 3:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Jeremiah 3: 21-4:2
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 130
Psalm 62: 6-14
New Testament Reading
1 Corinthians 7: 17-23
(this page)
1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Mark 1: 14-20
Mark 1: 14-20
General Reflection on all Revised Common Lectionary Readings


The Rev Wanda Copeland was rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, and Co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission when she originally wrote this reflection in 2000.  Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to 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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