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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Lent 5
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading


Jeremiah 31: 31-34 :

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.



Reflection on Jeremiah 31: 31-34
by Nan Stokes

…for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more
(vs 34)

Our observance of Lent is drawing to a close, and the hours and days spent in our Lenten discipline have been working in us and on us to help us become a changed person – one who has priorities in order, putting our faith in God and striving to remember that being one of God's chosen is our aim and hope. The Lords' prophet, Jeremiah, tells us that there is a new covenant from God: that God's law will be within us, and written on our hearts. How could it be closer or more important to us? After we have been striving to turn to God, to repent and start on a new path, to hear that the Lord will forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more, is music to our ears! We can go on our way through Holy Week and the season of Easter renewed and refreshed and singing praises to our God, happy in the knowledge that we are God's people.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Lent 5

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
(this page)
Jeremiah 31: 31-34
(this page)
Psalm 51

Psalm 51: 1-13 or
Psalm 119: 9-16

New Testament Lesson
Hebrews 5:(1-4) 5-10
Hebrews 5: 5-10


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 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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