meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.
Year B, Lent 2
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
New Testament Lesson
Romans 8: 31-39
then are we to say about these things? If God is for us,
who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son,
but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also
give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against
God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn?
It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who
is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for
us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will
hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness,
or peril, or sword? As it is written,
- "For your sake we are being
killed all day long;
- we are accounted as sheep to be
No, in all these things we are more
than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor
height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
on Romans 8: 31-39
by Nan Stokes
This year the winter was mild,
and spring seemed to come so early, with melting snow and warm
temperatures. Even the pussy willows were "doing their thing"
and making decorations for our tables long before we were expecting
it. In the depth of the time when there was cold and snow, my
friend died, and in that cold time, my thoughts were about how
many of my friends seemed to be leaving the world – and me.
Sometimes I am asked to read one of the lessons at the funeral,
and choosing the words that speak to what they remember about
their loved one is often a difficult task for the family members.
But this time I went to my friend's funeral and sat with all
the others who were mourning and listened to the lessons and
how they spoke to me. This reading from Romans is one of those
suggested, and it was so meaningful that day. My friend was
a devoted and devout Christian and much of her life was dedicated
to her church and her good works."For I am convinced that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor powers, nor height,
nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
And nothing will separate my friend and me, not for all the
ages to come. In this time of Lent, it is good to remember that
we aren't alone.
To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Lent
|Reflections available at the
|Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture)
Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16
Psalm 16 or 16:5-11
Psalm 22: 22-30
|New Testament Lesson
Romans 4: 13-25
Mark 8: 31-38
Stokes was an active member of St.
Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she
originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Nan and we welcome
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