Minnesota Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

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Resolution on Green Congregations

Lectionary Reflection

Psalm 16

Year B, Proper 28
Revised Common Lectionary and Standard Lectionary
Standard Lectionary

Psalm 16:5-11:

5 O LORD, YOU are my portion and my cup; * it is you who uphold my lot.

6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; * indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; * my heart teaches me, night after night.

8 I have set the LORD always before me; * because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; * my body also shall rest in hope.

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, * nor let your holy one see the Pit.

11 You will show me the path of life; * in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Reflection on Psalm 16:5-11 by Nan Stokes

The lessons today speak of the faith and commitment of those who belong to the Lord, and we hear again the story of Abraham and his plan to sacrifice his son, Isaac, whom he loved. We who consider ourselves faithful and dedicated Christians do not expect to ever have to make such a commitment we know the story and know that the God we worship is loving, and we hear Paul telling us that nothing can separate us from God's love. In the portion of the psaltery appointed for this day we find our link to Creation as the psalmist speaks about "a pleasant land" that is "our goodly heritage." In the depths of Lent we are reminded again of the blessings which surround us our "boundaries" of faith to show us the path of life and to look for the evidence of God in our continued commitment.

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Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Lent 2

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Genesis 22: 1-14
Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16
Psalm 16 or 16: 5-11 (this page)
Psalm 22: 22-30
New Testament Reading
Romans 4: 13-25

Mark 8: 31-38

Mark 8: 31-38

Reflections on other Standard Lectionary Readings for Year B, Proper 16

Reflections available at the active links
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Joshua 24:1-2a,14-25
Psalm 16 (this page)
New Testament Reading

Reflections on RCL Readings for Year B, Proper 28

Reflections available at the active links

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 1 Samuel 1: 4-20 Daniel 12: 1-3
Psalm 1 Samuel 2: 1-10 Psalm 16 (this page)
New Testament Reading:
Hebrews 10: 11-14 (15-18) 19-25
Mark 13: 1-8

Reflections on Standard Lection Reading for Year B, Proper 28:

Reflections available at the active links

Standard Lectionary Readings
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Daniel 12: 1-4a (5-13)
Psalm Psalm 16 (this page)
New Testament Reading:
Hebrews 10: 31-39
Mark 13: 14-23

Nan Stokes (1929-2010) was a co-chair of MEESC (2002-2006). She was an active member of St. Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1999. We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections o our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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