Minnesota Episcopal
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Episcopal Church in Minnesota
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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Lent 1
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary – Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson

Genesis 9: 8-17

God said to Noah and to his sons with him, "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."


Reflection on Genesis 9:8-17
by Nan Stokes

What a wonderful sign of God's promise to us! A rainbow after rain is a truly beautiful sight to behold – sometimes a double rainbow appears in the blue to amaze and delight all who are looking, The psalmist on the first Sunday in Lent says "All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies." The gospel lesson tells of the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River, and while he is in the wilderness being tempted by Satan and waited on by angels, we are being reminded of how much we are loved by our Creator God. Surrounded by love and beauty, we are aware that we must turn again and thank the Creator for making a covenant with us and sending the rainbow to remind us that we are to be faithful in our loving


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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Lent 1

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Genesis 9:8-17
(this page)
Genesis 9: 8-17
(this page)
Psalm 25
Psalm 25: 1-9
New Testament Lesson
1 Peter 3:18-22
1 Peter 3: 18-22


Nan Stokes (1929-2010) was an active member of St. Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2000. We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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