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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Last Epiphany
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson

1 Kings 19:9-18

At Horeb, the mount of God, Elijah came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He answered, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away."

He said, "Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He answered, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away." Then the LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."

 

 

Reflection on 1 Kings 19:9-18
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

On July 4th, 1999 a powerful and very destructive storm passed through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. Fortunately, no humans were killed, but the destruction was severe, and repercussions will continue for years to come. Accounts from campers caught in the storm talk of the speed of the storm's passing, the complete devastation in affected areas, and the horror of what once was thought to be so pristine.  But the Lord "was not in the wind the Lord was not in the earthquake the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence." Is God in the aftermath of the storm? Is God in the silence? All the earth, the trees and the rocks cried out in pain for days after the storm. I was there in September and they were still crying out in pain. Is God silent in the aftermath of all this horror and destruction? Will God ever speak here again? Can God speak through us?

 

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

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
1 Kings 19: 9-18
(this page)
2 Kings 2: 1-12
Psalm
Psalm 27 or 27: 5-11
Psalm 50: 1-6
New Testament Lesson
2 Peter 1: 16-19 (20-21)
2 Corinthians 4: 3-6
Gospel
Mark 9:2-9
Mark 9:2-9

 

The Rev Wanda Copeland was a 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:


MEESC
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