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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 5
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary – Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading

Genesis 3: (1-7) 8-21 [Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary]
Genesis 3: 8-15
[Revised Common Lectionary]

[Start Standard Lectionary] Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

[Start Revised CommonLectionary] They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ The Lord God said to the serpent,
‘Because you have done this,
cursed are you among all animals
and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.’
[End Revised Common Lectionary]
To the woman he said,
‘I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children,
yet your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.’
And to the man he said,
‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife,
and have eaten of the tree
about which I commanded you,
“You shall not eat of it”,
cursed is the ground because of you;
in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread
until you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.’

The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all who live. And the Lord God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them. [End Standard Lectionary]

 

Reflection on Genesis 3: 8
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Many of us have been touched by a stunning sunset, or become intoxicated with fragrance of flowers, plants and rushing water in the spring. We are caught up short by the beauty that surrounds us. Our senses come alive with the majesty of our surroundings, our mind races to comprehend what force could have created such magnificence.

As beings who claim a religious proclivity and inheritance, we may even call that one "god."  Yet are we attuned to the implications of "the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden with us? What would it mean if God were with us living in the natural world? How do we listen for God among us Emmanuel? What is frightening and what is soothing about knowing God is present with us in our days? 

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 5

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
   
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Genesis 3: (1-7) 8-21
(this page)
1 Samuel 8: 4-11 (12-15), 16-20 (11: 14-15)
Genesis 3: 8-15
(this page)
Psalm
Psalm 130
Psalm 138
New Testament Reading:
Gospel
Mark 3: 20-35
Mark 3: 20-35
   

The Rev Wanda Copeland was a Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, and Co-chair of the MEESC (1996-2001), and Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network (2001-2004). She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:


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