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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Lent 4 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Revised Common Lectionary New Testament Reading

Ephesians 2: 1-10

[Begin RCL] You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. [Begin Standard Lectionary] But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Reflection on Ephesians 2: 1-10 by Nan Stokes

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. (v. 10)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent is our recess in the practices of Lenten observance, and is called "Refreshment Sunday" for that reason, and also because of the feeding of the five thousand told about in the Gospel of John this day. We can imagine the scene as the crowds were gathering everywhere for Passover. People were dusty and tired from walking and happy to be refreshed as they all sat on the grass in that place and were fed. That spot near the Sea of Galilee is sunny but cool as the breeze blows across the fields in its own refreshing breath. Many events are being remembered and thought about in the lessons for today: The return of the Jewish nation to their land and to Jerusalem after the exile as told to us in the Old Testament reading from 2 Chronicles; the fervent prayer for the peace of Jerusalem in Psalm 122; how God made us alive together with Christ as told by Paul to the Ephesians; and the reaffirmation of our belief that God created the world and us for good works to be our way of life. We are what he has made us.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Lent 4

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Numbers 21: 4-9
Psalm 122
Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22
New Testament Reading
Ephesians 2: 4-10 (this page)
Ephesians 2: 1-10 (this page)

John 6: 4-15

John 3: 14-21

Nan Stokes (1929-2010), a former co-chair of MEESC (2002-2006), was an active member of St. Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1997. 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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